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Make the painless transition from low tech to tech friendly!



Are you struggling to embrace technology that advances at lightning speed? Or are you just plain perplexed? With new developments announced almost on a daily basis, many teachers don’t know where to start. If you’re one of those teachers making the transition to tech-willingly or not-Cool Tech Tools for Lower Tech Teachers is the resource for you. In understandable language, it describes how exactly you can use tools like webquests, wikis, social networking apps, and podcasts to enhance your lessons and keep kids engaged.



William Bender and Laura Waller put technology within your reach by:



Framing each tool in the context of what you need to know


Defining the tool in easy-to-understand language; there’s no tech-speak


Guiding you through implementation step by step


Providing sample lesson plans to get you started


Explaining how some tools can also be used for professional development


With Cool Tech Tools for Lower Tech Teachers, Bender and Waller prove that technology can be painless and productive. What’s more, you’ll even come to love it!





Learn more about William Bender’s PD offerings



William N. Bender began his career by teaching eighth- and ninth-grade students in the public schools. He worked in higher education for 28 years and published over 60 research articles and 24 books in education. He specializes in instructional strategies for all students and is recognized as a national leader on instructional tactics, response to intervention, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Bender believes his job is to inform audiences across the nation of innovative, up to date information, based on current applied research. Dr. Bender received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina and currently consults with schools and districts in the United States and Canada.


Acknowledgments

About the Authors

Introduction

Part I. Four Tools to Start With

Tech Tool 1: Web Access, Laptops, Mobile Devices

Tech Tool 2: Webquests

Tech Tool 3: Blogs

Tech Tool 4: Wikis

Part II. Tools for Student Engagement and Empowerment

Tech Tool 5: Cloud Computing

Tech Tool 6: The Flipped Classroom and Khan Academy

Tech Tool 7: Wiffiti

Tech Tool 8: Jing

Tech Tool 9: Gaming, ARGs, and Virtual World Instruction

Tech Tool 10: Diigo

Part III. Tech Tools for Student Creation and Collaboration

Tech Tool 11: Glogs

Tech Tool 12: Podcasts

Tech Tool 13: Scribd

Tech Tool 14: Comic Life

Tech Tool 15: Google Apps

Tech Tool 16: Vokis, Avatars, and Animation!

Tech Tool 17: Vlogs

Tech Tool 18: Animoto

Part IV. Tools for Social Learning and Networking

Tech Tool 19: Facebook

Tech Tool 20: Twitter

Part V. The Teaching Revolution and a Brave New World for the 21st Century

Index

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