This year, several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have read some of the books being offered at the METC book store and are providing brief reviews on the content. We’ll offer their reviews throughout several posts, starting here:
Digital Storytelling- Guide for Educators by Midge Frazel, reviewed by Robert Dillon
This book is an excellent resources for teachers, technology integrators, and school leaders. It takes a fresh look at the importance of storytelling in schools. For as long as there has been language, there have been oral histories that have been passed down generations based on stories.
Today’s connected world creates new opportunities for students with storytelling and specially digital storytelling skills. Frazel uses the ISTE NETS for students to showcase how digital storytelling can grow student’s technology IQ. The book provides outstanding resources and clear explanations.
The author walks the reader through all steps of the process from planning, to creating, to presenting the digital story. In addition, Frazel writes some specific chapters about classroom engagement, using story to support explanation of family history, and using story to build community connection. This easy read is ideal for educators looking to build engaging learning opportunities for students in this essential learning area.
Energize Research Reading and Writing by Christopher Lehman, reviewed by Bill Bass
While this book isn’t really a technology book, the connection between research and technology has never been greater. When we want to know something, by and large we turn to these technological tools to help us out. Through his book, Christopher Lehman makes a connection for the reader between the reading and writing that is done by using real world examples and giving us the ability to implement the strategies regardless of the level of tech in a given classroom.
METC is a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis