From the Inside Flap
Facebook, Twitter, Google . . . today's tech-savvy students arealways plugged in. However, all too often their teachers andadministrators aren't experienced in the use of these familiardigital tools. If schools are to prepare students for the future,administrators and educators must harness the power of digitaltechnologies and social media.
With contributions from authorities on the topic of educationaltechnology, What School Leaders Need to Know About DigitalTechnologies and Social Media is a compendium of the most usefultools for any education setting. Throughout the book, expertsincluding Will Richardson, Vicki Davis, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach,Richard Byrne, Joyce Valenza, and many others explain howadministrators and teachers can best integrate technology intoschools, helping to make sense of the often-confusing world ofsocial media and digital tools. They offer the most currentinformation for the educational use of blogs, wikis and podcasts,online learning, open-source courseware, educational gaming, socialnetworking, online mind mapping, mobile phones, and more, andinclude examples of these methods currently at work in schools. Asthe book clearly illustrates, when these tools are combined withthoughtful and deliberate pedagogical practice, it can create atransformative experience for students, educators, andadministrators alike.
What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies andSocial Media reveals the power of information technology and socialnetworks in the classroom and throughout the educationcommunity.
From the Back Cover
"Reengineering teaching and learning requires bringing socialmedia and digital technologies into the classroom. What SchoolLeaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media isthe desktop reference for 'digital immigrants and explorers'charting the direction of teaching and learning for the 'netgeneration.' This is a must-have toolbox for educational leaderswho choose to be agents of change. Thanks, Scott and Chris!"
—John C. Carver, Van Meter Superintendent of Schools,Des Moines, Iowa
"As technology reshapes teaching and learning in thetwenty-first century, school leaders would do well to heed thesound insights and advice assembled by the experts in this book.With dozens of concrete examples, it offers something for educationleaders no matter their prior experience with technology tools andissues."
—Douglas A. Levin, executive director, StateEducational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
"Digital technologies and social media continue to evolve andare transforming the way in which we communicate, teach, and learn.This book, written by knowledgeable practitioners, provides a solidfoundation for school leaders who are either resistant or unsure ofwhere to begin."
—Eric Sheninger, principal, New Milford HighSchool
"Contemporary learning is being revolutionized by social mediaand digital technologies. This book is a must-read for anyadministrator trying to make sense of why these tools are importantand how to use them to connect, communicate, and collaborate insideand outside of the place we call school."
—Pamela R. Moran, EdD, president, Virginia Associationof School Superintendents