Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Book Talk-What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media
Speaking of blogging, that is the topic addressed in the first chapter of the book, and it is one aspect of Web 2.0 technologies that we are delving into throughout this year. The authors, Kristin Hokanson and Christian Long, define what a blog is and explain best practices in the blogging process.
Other topics include wikis, podcasts, webinars, RSS feeds, one-to-one technology, educational gaming, course management, mobile learning, and social media/networking such as Twitter. I appreciate that the authors present the information in a manner that is very understandable, and they include practical suggestions for getting started. At the end of each chapter there is a summary and a list of additional references on that particular topic. (One nice advantage of the Kindle version, is the opportunity to access links to various websites directly from those references.)
This is a book that I will come back to time and time again, particularly as I branch out of my comfort zone and begin exploring how to utilize mobile devices effectively in the classroom, how to design/implement a course management system, and creating digital videos.