- Series: Practical
- Paperback: 569 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing edition (May 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590599063
- ISBN-13: 978-1590599068
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Additionally, this book provides many different strategies that can be used to help all students succeed using these tools, the most notable being the tutorials. The tutorials help break down how to use many different web 2.0 tools that teachers can use in a classroom. They come with step-by-step instructions and even has different pictures to show the reader exactly what they should be looking for on the screen and where they should be looking for it.
The only issue that the book has is its layout. While this book is a helpful tool for teachers, it would be remiss to fail to mention that the book becomes repetitive and could have been further condensed, especially in the sections about blogs and the like. However, the information that the book provides outweighs the organizational flaws. This book is perfect for anyone who is in the world of education, whether this be a classroom teacher, an administrator, or other school staff. By taking in the knowledge this book provides, the reader will be able to take teaching in the twenty-first century to new personal heights.
I was also able to get more insight into how to make these Internet tools safe for the classroom. The book reinforces concepts of copyrights, acceptable use policies, and ethical behavior. This is a great reminder that students shouldn’t just be let loose on the computer without a set of rules or guidelines.
Although Web 2.0: New Tools, New Schools is a good read for teachers interested in technology-rich lessons, the biggest downside is the year the book was written. With the constant development of new technology tools every year, the book’s copyright in 2007 mentions little about mobile devices, tablets, or apps (something pertinent to this age). For instance, Solomon describes the popularity of MySpace, which is one social network that has lost in popularity to Facebook in recent years. There are also multiple resource websites not mentioned due to the newness of them like Blogger and Google tools.
Overall the book was okay and would be great as an introduction to Web 2.0 tools to technology-lacking teachers.
On the first page of the first chapter of this book, it is noted that in today's world, workers can work from anywhere. Vacation or home they are connected to their jobs through technology. I really like this is included, because for me personally, this is how my job functions. We are all always traveling and are able to have virtual staff meetings, as well as complete our daily tasks through technological use. Thinking about who will be prepared for this new technology world and if individuals will have the appropriate thinking skills to function in this new and upcoming world as well as how can we help individuals prepare are very common (5). Personally I think that this piece relates to me especially while working on my Masters' degree. As a future Instructional Technologist, I need to be thinking about these factors all the time. I also really like how in the first chapter the use of social media is discussed as an effective tool to help businesses grow. For the company I work for we use social media to monitor the interaction of the public with our product. Another thing I liked was on page 15, when Solomon and Schrum bring attention to the old way of learning, presentation driven and the new way of learning, collaboration. This is very important when looking at schools. The old way of learning allows students to get a job that allows them to just follow directions, while collaboration presents many more sophisticated career opportunities.
Chapter 2 looks at students and their role within technology. Evidence suggests that students use technology more than watching TV. Technology is embedded into their everyday lives and communication is a big factor that correlates with student use of technology. For example students are on social media sites communicating with their classmates such as Twitter, Facebook, IM, and many more. Since students today have fingertip access to technology, their thinking process differs from students of previous generations. I think that this is a powerful statement, and is true. Students today are accessing technology to answer questions about different core subjects daily. This means that students have access to academic information any where at any time. I also think it is helpful when Solomon and Schrum discuss each learning style and relate to how each style has a positive impact with technology. I think it was also most helpful to include in Chapter 3 the technology tools that teachers have found most useful. This shows readers that educators have implemented different technological tools in their classroom and have facilitated student learning in a positive way, aiming for academic success.
Chapter 4 brings attention to the tools that are being used in school currently and how they are affecting students. Again, I think it is important to examine all factors that make up technological use in education. I think that Solomon and Schrum do a good job of presenting all the evidence needed. Also,in chapter 4 there is examples of specific social media tools that teachers have used and what you can do with them in the classroom. For example, podcasting, Cheryl Oakes discusses her experiences with this tool in her classroom.She also talks about how social media helps her incorporate state standards in her classroom.
Chapter 5 discusses professional development which is another huge topic in schools. Page 94 explains that commonly professional development, provides suggestions for changing and new ways to develop, however, when funding is not longer available, most of the practices for change disappear as well (Solomon, Schrum 97). I think that this is very powerful because it is important to develop a professional development training that allows your organization or school to continue to grow. It is important to create an effective realistic program that will allow professional development training to improve practices. In the text Solomon and Schrum, explain that it is important, especially with adults, do move away from the "One size fits all approach" and develop individual practices for each colleague. This is a great statement because no two people are alike. Everyone is different and has their own ideas, which this practice allows for adults to be creative and have an authentic strategy for themselves instead of a strategy for everyone.
Chapter 7 is a huge topic in technology. Online Safety and Security are extremely important. This chapter actually goes through different phases and explains what you need to know and be aware of to avoid problems. Adults need to be aware of the dangers of online use, but students need to be aware as well. The teacher will not be able to watch every single child on the computer thoroughly at all times. By providing students with online training and giving them the education they need about online safety, students will be able to use the technology and feel confident doing so. This chapter provides 10 questions that students can answer to gauge what they think about online safety and what needs to be discussed in more detail than others.
I think it is great to include the Web TImeline in Appendix A. This is a great way to show students how technology has emerged and developed throughout the years. This will also explain that technology is still developing and will only continue to grow. I also appreciate the fact that Appendix B gives a list of all the Web 2.0 tools that are available and suggestions for classroom use. Teachers have easy access to interactive ideas for the classroom.Appendix C focuses on an in depth classroom experience using technology. These helpful tools enable educators to expand the learning process for their students.
I really enjoyed this book and think that teachers would benefit from reading this text. The information included gives teachers the confidence to implement technology in the classroom, but also provides effective suggestions for doing so. Solomon and Schrum do a through job of covering different aspects of technology.