Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Multimedia Kit): A Multimedia Kit for Professional Development

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Demystify the latest Web tools and demonstrate easy-to-use applications that strengthen information literacy, emphasize Internet safety, and enhance students′ academic achievement across grade levels and content areas.

Includes: DVD (51 min.), Facilitator′s Guide, CD-ROM, Companion Book

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A parent of two middle-school-aged children, Will Richardson has been writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years at Weblogg-ed.com and in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week, and English Journal. Recently, he shifted his blogging emphasis to willrichardson.com. Formerly a public school educator for 22 years, he is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (plpnetwork.com), a unique professional development program that has mentored over 3,000 teachers worldwide in the last three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms (Corwin, 3rd Edition 2010) has sold over 80,000 copies and has impacted classroom practice around the world. His second book, Personal Learning Networks: Using the Power of Connections to Transform Education, was released in May, 2011. His articles have appeared in Educational Leadership, EdWeek, English Journal, Edutopia, and Principal Leadership, among others, and over the past six years, he has spoken to tens of thousands of educators in more than a dozen countries about the merits of learning networks for personal and professional growth. He is a national advisory board member of the George Lucas Education Foundation and a regular columnist for District Administration Magazine. Will lives in rural New Jersey with his wife, Wendy, and his children Tess and Tucker.

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"This is the book to read if you are keen to use Web tools in your classroom but aren't quite sure where to start. Richardson's book makes clear not just how to integrate such tools in your classroom, but why you should and what difference it can make in your teaching." -- New Zealand Studies of Applied Linguistics, July 2007 "Clearly and persuasively written, the book is loaded with information about the cutting-edge Internet features that make up so-called Web 2.0. Richardson meticulously makes connections between these tools and the classroom. He is comfortable writing about both the pedagogical implications of the technologies and also the directions for using them." -- Los Angeles Times, 6 March 2007 "An absolute must for anyone attempting to keep up-to-date with Web tools for the classroom. 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." -- CHOICE, September 2006 "Very user-friendly. Gives a step-by-step method through which students can maximize their learning strengths and transform into engaging, successful learners." -- Magdalena M. C. Mok "Richardson understands digital tools and is able to translate that understanding to his readers. He writes about teens using the software in appropriate and innovative ways to illustrate what can and should be occurring in classrooms." -- Teachers College Record, June 2006 "This comprehensive guide on how to incorporate podcasts, screen-casting, blogs and other multimedia features into today's journalism brings convergence to the classroom." -- Melanie Lo * Communicator * "Shows teachers how to integrate new Web tools into their instruction to both enhance their practice and foster student learning. Gives guidance on teaching students how to use the Internet responsibly." -- Education Week, April 26, 2006 "Whether it's blogs, or wikis, or RSS, all roads now point to a Web where little is done in isolation . . . That's not to say that in this new world students don't do their own work. But it does mean that responsibility for that work is in some way shared. Learning is a continuous conversation among many participants." -- techLearning "Richardson shares first hand classroom experience of how the read / write web opens up new possibilities for students to learn from each other and from authors, scientists, and other professionals." -- EducationPR, wordpress.com "This author is a gem! It startles me to be 'pulled' so happily through a text about these new Web tools in the context of good literacy instruction." -- Gary Graves, Senior Research and Evaluation Advisor, Technology in Education "This book deals with such a hot topic in a wonderfully practical way. We need a solid book explaining and illustrating and letting teachers know about these powerful tools. This book meets the need in an awesome way!" -- Mike Muir, Director, Maine Center for Meaningful Engaged Learning

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