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Teaching the iGeneration: Five Easy Ways to Introduce Essential Skills With Web 2.0 Tools Perfect Paperback – July 16, 2010
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Bill and Adam have set the stage for any teacher to challenge themselves to address the "iGeneration." They focus on pedagogy and deal first with "the why" but don't forget to show "the how." Some will appreciate the background story to the various skills and yet many teachers will find the reproducibles a godsend in helping them make these concepts come to life in their classrooms. --Dean Shareski, digital learning consultant, Prairie South School Division, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada
Teaching the iGeneration: Five Easy Ways to Introduce Essential Skills With Web 2.0 Tools is a field book every teacher needs. The authors take complicated topics, break them down, and then give me the tools and reproducible resources I need to bring these ideas to my students. Specifically, I liked the section on digital storytelling. Reading through the chapter, I felt like I had a guide by my side to help me construct a rich digital story using a variety of media. Web 2.0 is a new term to many people and this book not only introduces the reader to the vast resources, it also provides real classroom-tested examples and resources to replicate in other classrooms. This is a must read for all professional educators ready to engage students in authentic learning. --Meg Ormiston, professional development specialist, Tech Teachers, Inc., Burr Ridge, Illinois
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"While the students of earlier generations felt just as passionately about controversial issues as the students who currently sit in our classrooms...today's teens can use digital tools such as blogs, podcast programs, and video programs to easily join together with thinkers from across continents, gaining a level of influence and awareness equal to (or even greater than) the influence and awareness held by adults. The challenge is that today's students are not automatically prepared to be any more influential than peers from earlier generations. While they may have access to tools that allow them to be heard, being heard is only valuable when the messages shared are worth listening to" (p. 49)
...teaching today's learners involves much more than exposure to new websites and technology tools. Connecting these tools with content-specific pedagogy and scaffolding their use in a structured environment so that students see authentic reasons to collaborate and communicate persuasively. Ferriter and Garry do not pitch a "technocentric" teaching environment, but instead one using the tools appropriately and after building a case for the medium with the reader. The solutions presented in this book come with dozens of free checklists and templates. I highly recommend this book for beginning teachers and those who have been in the profession for years.
Excellent resources include:
- Tech checklists (what to consider when using the system as well!)
- Tech skills checklists (what you need the students to know)
- Pedagogical considerations (what skills are you actually teaching, how to link to subject/topic)
- Assessment checklists (this bit I love the most! the State/Nation/Parents want you to be able to measure the skills)
Tips on collaboration-vs-competition, learning from school-vs-home-vs-both, synchronous-vs-nonsynchronous communication.
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Teaching the iGeneration: 5 Easy Ways to Introduce Essential Skills with Web 2.0 Tools is jam-packed with useful information about the rationale of technology and also, with easily adapted reproducible hand-outs that will do a lot to ease the concerns of some teachers around assessment, reflection and exploration. And, the hand-outs are linked online to the book's website, making it even easier to use (and you don't have to buy the book to use the resources, although it would probably be nice to support the writers if you can). The handouts are geared both towards students at work in the classroom and the teachers, themselves.
Here, for example are the resources for the chapters around multimedia:
* The Characteristics of Memorable Images
* Checklist for Creating Influential Visual Images
* Public Service Announcement: PowerPoint Slide Scoring Rubric
* Scoring Influential Visual Images
* Public Service Announcement Scripting Template
* Examining a Video
* Teacher Digital Video Checklist
* Public Service Announcement: Video Scoring Rubric
I really like how the authors (Disclosure: I know Bill through various online networks and he sent me this book as a complimentary gift, just to be open about the review) group the topics in the book around the themes of Information Fluency, Persuasion, Communication, Collaboration and Problem Solving.Read more ›
TiG walks that perfect line between these two categories, bringing the best of both. Ferriter and Garry lay out the arguments and research that support the need for thematic, interactive, technology-integrated lessons. Then, they follow with well-organized and time-tested lessons (complete with downloadable handouts and other materials) that revolve around the highly-motivating theme of global poverty.
This is one that I will read again and again and use in my classroom.
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Some of the contents is outdated - the Google Wonderwheel for instance. Most of the contents is geared toward middle and high school. K-4 teachers would be very disappointed.Published 21 months ago by Rebecca
I took an on-line class with Bill as a presenter and between his presentation and his book, I changed the way I was teaching project-based learning. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by WeiXinhua
This book contains many ideas that can be easily implemented in any classroom. The online supplements are a great feature as well! Read morePublished on July 28, 2012 by Jen
Kudos to the authors of Teaching the iGeneration. We are at a crossroads where digital immigrants, including myself, and our the digital natives in our classrooms are intersecting. Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by AT
This is a fabulous resource for teachers of any grade. It is a refreshing take on not using technology for the sake of technology but to use it to develop important skills with... Read morePublished on September 21, 2010 by Beth
"Teaching the iGeneration: 5 Easy Ways to Introduce Essential Skills with Web 2.0 Tools" is among the most useful education books I have read in the last 20 years. Read morePublished on September 15, 2010 by Patrick Woessner
One of the biggest obstacles to using technology in the classroom is helping teachers realize that the tool has to match the task. Read morePublished on September 11, 2010 by Michael