- Series: Expert's Voice
- Paperback: 569 pages
- Publisher: Apress; 1st Corrected ed., Corr. 3rd printing edition (May 19, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590599063
- ISBN-13: 978-1590599068
- Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Quentin Zervaas is a web developer based in Adelaide, South Australia, where he has been self-employed since 2003. After receiving his bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Adelaide in 2001, Quentin worked for several web development firms before branching out on his own, developing a wide range of custom web applications for customers all around the world. Quentin has recently started a new company called Recite Media (http://www.recite.com.au) with two partners. Recite Media develops web applications primarily for other development or design companies to resell. Its flagship product, Recite CMS, is being used by some of Australia's largest companies. Quentin also runs and writes for his PHP development resource site, phpRiot (phpRiot.com), which provides a number of useful articles on a wide variety of PHP-related topics. After completing his role as the technical reviewer for Beginning Ajax with PHP: From Novice to Professional (Apress, 2006), he decided to undertake writing Practical Web 2.0 Applications with PHP.
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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.
The authors do a great job showing the importance of web 2.0 tools from an educational and corporate view point. Technology has increased rapidly and it’s our job as educators are to teach students the technological advances and prepare them for the workforce. The authors go into great detail about web 2.0 tools. They explain the importance of these tools and give useful websites to explore these tools. The book moves into how to integrate these tools in the classroom. Back in the day students would write in daily journals and now students can create blogs as part of the writing process. Students have the opportunity to brainstorm to write and revise their work. Blogs give classmates the chance to receive feedback from their peers and teachers.
One of the draw backs of the book is the outdated material. The book needs to be updated with current technological advances in education. Social media has become an integral part of web 2.0 tools and needs to be addressed. Facebook and Twitter are the current social media power houses and to show educators how to use them in the classroom would be beneficial. If you’re an educator looking to integrate technology in your classroom, I strongly recommend this book. This book would also assist administrators in developing policies in their school district.
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.