Using Web 2.0 Tools in the K-12 Classroom:

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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!

Beverley E. Crane

Beverley E. Crane has taught English-language arts and ESL at the middle-, high-school and college levels. She conducted workshops for K-12 teachers on such topics as literacy, writing and the writing process, ESL and integrating technology into the curriculum. She also created educational materials and conducted workshops for K-12 library media specialists and teachers on using online searching in the curriculum. She presented throughout the United States across curriculum areas at conferences. As director of the English Education Program at San Jose State University for five years, she worked closely with classroom teachers and administrators to provide guidelines for mentor teachers supervising English student teachers at SJSU. She creates training materials, including distance education online courses and self-paced module in searching techniques for Dialog and is editor of the Dialog customer e-newsletters. She is the author of three previous books published by Neal-Schuman.