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Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms
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2nd ed.
Publication Information:
Thousand Oaks, CA : Corwin Press, 2009
Physical Description:
xiii, 151 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.


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30000010192044 LB1044.87 R52 2009 Open Access Book Book

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Written for novice or experienced users of the Internet and applicable to all grade levels, this revised edition explains the evolution of the "read-write Web" and its relevance to state and local curriculum standards. The author provides real-life classroom examples and specific teaching applications for integrating Web-based tools with instruction, plus how-to steps for using Weblogs, Wikis, Rich Site Summary (RSS), aggregators, social bookmarking, and online photo galleries.

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This volume by Richardson, an education trainer and author, is an absolute must for anyone attempting to keep up to date with Web tools for the classroom. For example, someone who does not already know that a wiki is a Web site where content can be easily added or removed, making collaboration among writers simple, might benefit from this book. Preservice or practicing educators, teachers, administrators, parents, or interested parties can find all they want to know about the new tools of the Read/Write Web, including what they are, what they do, how teachers use them, and the first steps to take toward using them. Richardson's strengths are the readability of his writing, the excitement of his vision, and his grounding in the reality of issues and practice. He describes each tool (including RSS, FlickR, and Screencasting), provides specific instructional ideas and examples, and gives exact details for getting started. The author sees beyond the hype to the more practical issues and provides multiple suggestions on how to start slowly and how to avoid problems. This is not just a vision book but a how-to manual for the busy educator. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers, lower-division undergraduates through practitioners. C. L. Tannahil Eastern Connecticut State University

Table of Contents

Preface to the Second Edition
About the Author
1 The Read/Write Web
A New World Wide Web
Extraordinary Changes
The Read/Write Web in Education
Social Learning
Learners as Teachers
The Toolbox
Keeping Students Safe
2 Weblogs: Pedagogy and Practice
Weblogs in Schools
The Pedagogy of Weblogs
Blogging Across the Curriculum
Blogs as Resources
Classroom Uses of Weblogs
Standards for the English Language Arts Sponsored by NCTE and IRA
3 Weblogs: Get Started!
Start Small
Blogging With Students
Blog Safety
Blog Software
Blogging Step-by-Step
Adding Pictures and More to Blog Posts
4 Wikis: Easy Collaboration for All
The Challenge of Wikipedia in Schools
Wikis in Schools
Examples of Wikis in K-12 Education
Wiki Tools for Schools
Other Wiki Tools and Resources
5 RSS: The New Killer App for Educators
Setting Up an RSS Feed Reader
Reading and Sharin
Using RSS Feeds in the Classroom
Combining RSS Feeds
Including RSS Feeds in Your Weblog
Reading RSS Feeds
6 The Social Web: Learning Together
Welcome to the Twitterverse!
Social Bookmarking Services
7 Fun With Flickr: Creating, Publishing, and Using Images Online
Introducing Flickr
Learning With Flickr
Flickr in Practice
More Flickr Fun
8 Podcasting, Video and Screencasting, Live Streaming: Multimedia Publishing for the Masses
Podcasts and Schools
Getting Started With Podcasting
Live Streaming - Web TV for the Classrooms
9 What It All Means
New Literacies
The Big Shifts
Just the Beginning
Epilogue: The Classroom of the Read/Write Web