- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Jossey-Bass; 1 edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1118024559
- ISBN-13: 978-1118024553
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.6 x 11 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #192,008 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide
This is a must-have resource for all K12 teachers and administrators who want to make the best use of available technologies. In The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide, Doug Johnson, educational technology expert and author of the popular Blue Skunk Blog, offers concrete advice on creating high-quality project assessments, handling the potential distractions technologies may cause, and managing issues of safe and appropriate use. He also answers basic questions about computers, software, and networking and outlines practical ways to use computers, the Internet, and digital cameras in the classroom environment.
Praise for The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide
"Few educators can offer more practical advice on navigating the challenges and embracing the opportunities of the world of technology we live and learn in today. And even fewer deliver that advice in such an engaging, witty style. This is an important, enjoyable book for anyone interested in improving classrooms and schools for our kids."
WILL RICHARDSON, author, Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts
"The Classroom Teacher's Technology Survival Guide will empower every classroom teacher to use technology in a meaningful way to support teaching and learning. Filled with practical overviews of the "big picture," as well as specifics on the use of technology for real-life classroom applications, Doug uses his years of experience to guide the classroom teacher to an understanding of how technology best fits in the classroom. A must for every teacher's bookshelf!"
KATHY SCHROCK, Director of Technology, Nauset Public Schools
"Teachers, IT Directors, and integrators will benefit from the practical, high-impact ideas Doug shares in this book. His blog has been a mainstay of my PLN since day 1."
VICKI DAVIS author, Cool Cat Teacher™ blog, co-founder Flat Classroom® projects
About the Author
DOUG JOHNSON is the Director of Media and Technology for the Mankato, Minnesota Public Schools and serves as an adjunct faculty member of Minnesota State University. His long-running column "Head for the Edge," appears in Library Media Connection and he maintains the Blue Skunk Blog.
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This more of a sort of manual as opposed to a book as it continues specific how to’s and instructions. He places an emphasis on the idea that the teacher is also a learner when it comes to technology as it is constantly changing. He brings this idea into play when he talks about administrators often wanting technology just for the sake of having technology instead of it actually being beneficial to the school and the administrators that are opposed to technology because it is new, both being dangerous mindsets. In each chapter, he provides checklists for skills that both teachers and students should possess in regards to individual technologies that he discusses. Whilst talking about the administrators that oppose technology, Johnson gives a clear outline if someone (student or faculty) is found to be abusing technology privileges in their school district. Finally, the information on the sides in tandem with the useful survival tips help provide a new teacher with helpful advice.
No book is perfect however and Johnson’s book is no exception. He does not quite elaborate on what a student/teacher should do if they struggle to check off certain skills within the checklists for individual technologies. He also does not elaborate on what skills that teachers of certain subjects need to learn. Finally, he fails to elaborate on how to deal with administrators that on both ends of the extreme spectrum whether they are for or against technology as a whole. Thus, I would recommend this book only for relatively new teachers who are looking to integrate technology into their courses. A teacher that is already rather tech-savvy may find this book to be a bit underwhelming as their own skills surpass those listed in the book.
Doug has been involved with ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education), and is a patient teacher here. The chapters are down-to-earth and fun without being condescending towards beginners (in my organization, many of our instructors are older and not familiar / comfortable with the latest and greatest tech toys). There are several really great checklists to help you evaluate where your school / district currently stands in terms of ed tech infrastructure, training, and more. Doug starts out by looking at basics: computers (OS, format, peripherals), software (freeware, open source), and cloud computing, as well as what a technologically well-equipped classroom should look like. Along the way, survival tip sidebars offer additional hints and resources. I loved Doug's "Seven Stupid Mistakes Teachers Make with Technology" and "Seven Brilliant Things Teachers Do with Technology"; I used a modified version in a recent ed tech symposium to highlight the inherent dangers (as well as the possibilities) posed by our social media age.
You'll find handy guides to the best way to reach your audience (blog w/ RSS feed, Facebook fan pages, blasts), curriculum and course management systems, assessing technology-enhanced student work, IT skill evaluations broken down by age group, teaching 21st-century skills, managing disruptive technologies in the classroom, and practices for safe and ethical technology use. There are also tips and checklists aimed at ed tech trainers like myself, and a great chapter on developing a long-term learning strategy.
I recommended that my organization purchase additional copies of this as a valuable reference for our faculty, many of whom are older and not comfortable / familiar with the educational technology upgrades that have appeared in our classrooms. Each section is clearly laid out in easy-to-understand descriptions (no overly technical lingo or CALL research studies tossed in to muddy the waters), and I've found myself coming back to this book numerous times to see how Doug describes a particular technology or process in the hopes it will better connect me with my audience. If you're a classroom teacher, ed tech / SMART Trainer, or ed tech coordinator, this is a must-have for your library.