Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Using Web 2.0 Tools in the K-12 Classroom

Crane, Beverley E. Using Web 2.0 Tools in the K-12 Classroom. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2009. ISBN: 978-1-55570-6531

From the Publisher:
In this invaluable resource you’ll find a host of Web 2.0 tools available on the Internet today, plus teaching and learning strategies to use them in the K-12 classroom. Language arts, science, and social studies unit lesson plans included in each chapter exemplify topics at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Each chapter focuses on a specific Web 2.0 tool:

• Blogs--high school science study
• Podcasts--immigrant topic for the elementary classroom
• Wikis--learning about novels in high school
• Video/digital storytelling about energy
• Google tools (e.g., Google Earth, Maps, Docs)--current events in social studies
• VoiceThread--language learning for non-native speakers
• Social bookmarking--Earth Day projects

Each chapter incorporates a glossary; a description of the particular tool; examples of its use in the K-12 curriculum; how to get started, and a unit plan focused on learning strategies. Exercises in each chapter reinforce the concepts. Readers get a complete listing of all Web sites mentioned plus access to a Web site for exercises, new URLs, and more. Teachers will want to check this out of your library too!

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"Without a doubt, this is a tremendous resource guide for teachers and media specialists who want to successfully integrate Web 2.0 technology throughout the school excellent resource for professional educators who are looking to integrate Web 2.0 skills across grade levels and across the curriculum."
-- Catholic Library World, March 2010

"A wealth of suggestions, ideas, unit plans, and answers to questions ... to how to integrate and use Web 2.0 tools throughout the curriculum. The book will also prove useful to school media specialists for library implementation and to collaborate with teachers on the development and utilization of these exciting tools."
-- School Library Journal, June 2009

"We recommend this book for its usefulness....Highly Recommended."
-- Teacher Librarian, Volume 36, No. 4

"A "how-to" and "why should I?" manual all rolled into one easy-to-understand text....widely appealing to teachers, librarians and school media specialists."
-- VOYA, June 2009