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William M. Ferriter and Adam Garry have delivered the ultimate guide to change the 20th Century Classroom into 21st Century Classrooms. They deliver a multitude of tools to assist the classroom instructor to become "change agents." They provide tools and resources to prepare students to succeed and to compete in a global economy that demands innovation, critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Everything in this book allows teachers to learn a variety of skills including higher-order thinking, personal abilities, and technology literacy essentials for preparing students for a knowledge-based economy. Howie DiBlasi, technology and educational consultant, Digital Journey, Georgetown, Texas Absolutely Fabulous- amazing! I couldn't put it down! I've read the book twice, and I am still finding new tools to teach 21st Century skills. Excellent!!! --Howie DiBlasi, technology and educational consultant, Digital Journey, Georgetown, Texas

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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William M. Ferriter @plugusin on Twitter a sixth-grade language arts and social studies teacher in a PLC near Raleigh, North Carolina. A National Board Certified Teacher, Bill has designed professional development courses for educators nationwide. His trainings include how to use blogs, wikis, and podcasts in the classroom; the role of iTunes in teaching and learning; and the power of digital moviemaking. Bill has also developed schoolwide technology rubrics and surveys that identify student and staff digital proficiency at the building level. He is a founding member and senior fellow of the Teacher Leaders Network and has served as teacher in residence at the Center for Teaching Quality. An advocate for PLCs, improved teacher working conditions, and teacher leadership, Bill has represented educators on Capitol Hill and presented at state and national conferences. He is among the first one hundred teachers in North Carolina and the first one thousand in the United States to earn certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. He has been a Regional Teacher of the Year in North Carolina, and his blog, the Tempered Radical, earned Best Teacher Blog of 2008 from Edublogs. Bill has had articles published in the Journal for Staff Development, Educational Leadership, and Threshold Magazine. A contributing author to two assessment anthologies, The Teacher as Assessment Leader and The Principal as Assessment Leader, he is also coauthor of Building a Professional Learning Community at WorkTM. Adam Garry is a former elementary school teacher. He is currently the manager of Dell s global professional learning organization. He has presented and keynoted at technology conferences around the world, including Alan November s conferences and NECC. He has published many articles on technology integration for several education magazines and authors his own blog. Over the past ten years, he has consulted in school districts across the country on school change, professional development, 21st century skills, technology integration, curriculum and instruction, and leadership. He is also a facilitator for the Partnership for 21st Century Skills Professional Development Affiliates program and the International Society for Technology in Education s School 2.0 workshops. Adam received a BA in elementary education, a master s in teaching and learning with a technology emphasis, and a certificate in administration and supervision from Johns Hopkins University.
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Product Details

  • Perfect Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Solution Tree (July 16, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935249932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935249931
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 0.8 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,223,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A blurb from the opening page of chapter two summarizes what I appreciated most about this book...

"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.
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Exactly what I was looking for while writing a presentation to give to K-12 Teachers about how to assess Web 2.0 & 3.0 skills. I bought the Kindle version, so I got it straight away.

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.

Highly recommended!
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The reproducible resources in this book are fantastic. Bill and Adam do a great job at breaking down each tool, and explaining them in a way that will really help teachers to understand how to use them in their classrooms. In particular the resources for using blogs and wikis in the classroom taught me many things that I will be sharing with teachers in my school district. Lots of "I had never thought of that" moments as I read about many tools I had heard of and used before! Everything is tied back to the necessary 21st century skills our students need to be developing now before they enter college or the workplace. You will not be disappointed with the information and resources this book provides!
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This new book by Bill Ferriter and Adam Garry can join the ranks of Troy Hicks' Digital Writing Workshop and Will Richardson's Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for the Classroom as a reliable guide that I can hand off to teachers who want to know how to take that first step into bringing technology into the classroom.

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.
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I read a lot of education books, which seem to fall into one of two categories. Either they discuss bog-picture reform and policy changes or they provide nuts-and-bolts advice on lesson planning that don't fall into a larger view.

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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