The Midwest Education Technology Community Conference advisory committee is excited to bring back book reviews of materials that we will offer at the conference this February. Web 2.0 How-to for Educators is one of those selections! Now in its second edition, the book is by Gwen Solomon and Lynne Schrum. The book’s audience is K-12 educators and technology coordinators. Cindy Lane, part of the Discovery Education PD Team, Google Certified Teacher and Google GeoEDU Teacher Advisory Board Member, reviews it:
This simply written book is a go to for every teacher who not only wonders about web 2.0 tools but how to effectively use them in the classroom. Every chapter goes through the minimal tools that every teacher should have basic knowledge about and then crosses into the how and why of the tool. I loved the well-written descriptions and basic overview of specific tools and plan on using this as a resource for years to come. Gwen and Lynn did their best to highlight tools that have been around for awhile (and still not used to their capacity) There are also additions from different instructional specialists with their own views of the tools… Grab this book and reference it as you begin your journey to become tech savvy!
The last two summer edtech workshops are scheduled next week at EducationPlus with Google Certified Teacher Cindy Lane:
• Bloomin’ Toolbox: Resources for Today’s Educators consists of diving into the six levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy, aligned with Common Core principles, and retrieving useful web 2.0 tools to use in your classroom. Time will be spent collaborating with other educators to share tools as well as looking into the usefulness of sites listed by the facilitator. All websites discussed will be housed on a Google site for further reflection. JULY 28.
• Google Goods that Meet the Standards: So your school has “gone Google” and left you behind? NO WORRIES! Out of the 50+ free tools brought to you by Google, a Google Certified Teacher will share the educationally based tools tied to Missouri Learning Standards you need to understand and help you navigate through them during this workshop. Among the favorites are DOCS, GMAIL, CALENDAR, SEARCH, CUSTOM SEARCH ENGINES and EVEN MORE!! Get the goods on all things Google in this fast-paced workshop. July 29.
Our five-day Teaching and Learning Today with Technology – Tech Camp for CCSS & NGA is hands-on, fast paced, and relevant to teachers today. Each day July 15-19th is focused on the skills a teacher needs today to actively engage students in a 21st Century classroom.
Meg Ormiston believes in outcome based personal professional development that focuses on teachers creating digital artifacts in their content areas. Each participant will build, create, and publish project examples they will have students complete back in the classroom. Each participant is encouraged to bring materials they would like to redesign into technology rich projects. Participants will learn new Web 2.0 tools to use while designing lessons aligned to Common Core.
In addition, there are three graduate credits available through Lindenwood University to those interested. Learn more, and how to register, for this bring your own device(s) event by clicking here.
Learn from Julie Smith (who describes EdTech Evangelization as her new passion) how to use Web 2.0 applications to help your students create curriculum-based podcasts, infographics, screencasts, cartoons, online posters, illustrated timelines and videos. See how this type of creation on the part of students can help them meet Common Core State Standards. In addition, one graduate credit is available through Lindenwood University by taking this workshop. Requirements for graduate credit: attend class; develop a lesson plan that incorporates the technology learned; and write a reflection explaining how technology enhances your lesson plan.
Web 2.0 for the Common Core takes place Monday, June 24 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Cooperating School Districts. The cost is $145 for a CSD member and $185 for a non-member. For additional information, contact Joan Forrest. Register online.
Several of the Midwest Education Technology Conference Advisory Committee members have volunteered to read the books being offered at the METC book store and are providing brief reviews on the content. Here are the latest:
Reinventing Project-Based Learning – Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age
By Suzie Boss and Jane Krauss, Reviewed by Will Blaylock
Reinventing Project-Based Learning is an outstanding resource to use when working with teachers on how to best implement Project Based Learning. This is the first resource I have found that takes the teacher from beginning to end on how to plan, implement and assess project based learning. The authors use vignettes throughout the book demonstrating real-world examples. This should be very beneficial when working with teachers who are not eager to adopt this instructional model. Most chapters include a realistic example, discussion on the topic and how-to’s when it comes to leveraging technology. Technology use is woven throughout the book to amplify the positive effect it can have on the learning process. An interesting and timely topic of discussion within the book is the development of a Professional Learning Community to facilitate the implementation of Project Based Learning. I highly recommend this book to increase personal learning as it relates to Project Based Learning!
1-to-1 Online Learning: Laptop Programs that Work
By Pamela Livingston , Reviewed by Cindy Marston
This book is an in-depth and practical guide for administrators, teachers, and parents. As a second edition, it contains chapters on programs using tablet PCs and effective use of Web2.0 resources. The book is well-organized into three parts, allowing readers to easily locate the information they seek and skim what may be marginally relevant. Part 1 describes the possibilities of a 1-to-1 program, with specifics from several schools, including Whitfield School right here in St. Louis (page 43), and a chapter that summarizes the research and lessons learned from early adopters. Part 2 discusses the critical steps of planning and implementation, including a “must read” chapter on professional development for teachers. Finally, the chapters in Part 3 contains practical information regarding classroom management, helping to answer the essential question: What does teaching and learning look like when every student has a computer in front of them? Based on her research, Ms. Livingston makes strong and persuasive arguments that “students get to the thinking levels faster when they have their own digital assistants to help them.”