Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
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Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms

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For both novice and experienced "techies," this practical resource shows how to use blogs and other new Web tools for innovative, interactive teaching and motivated learning.
Hardcover, 168 pages
Published March 6th 2006 by Corwin Publishers
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Jason
Sep 07, 2008 Jason rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Any educator in K-12 or higher education.
It's great to read someone who gets web 2.0 and how it can be effectively used in the classroom. His target audience is obviously, but I think his applications can be applied to higer ed as well. Consider how his students, who were studying the book, The Secret Lives of Bees, were able to interact with the author through their course blog. Outside of blogs, Will also talks about how Flickr is his killer online app because of the extendability of being able to include picture notes, titles, capti...more
John
What stood out most for me in the book was the author’s big shift idea of Open Content. “ It used to be that schools and teachers owned the content they taught in their classrooms. Most curriculum was taught from a textbook with a few added resources copied from various sources thrown in…students had limited access to additional information about the subjects they were studying.” Richardson contrasts the old style of learning with the new, in which “ everyone contributes to the curriculum.” Tech...more
Cogi Howard
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Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
By: Will Richardson

Classmates, I must admit, that I for one enjoyed my book selection. After reading my selection, I have taken more of an open mind when it comes to new millennium web tools, and their place in education. I guess one would do that when something that was once perceived to be so difficult, turns out to be the complete opposite. If over the course of the summer, or even the coming months of the fall, that...more
Jay Wassell
What stood out most for you in the book? Use a quoted passage if possible.
During the last chapter Richardson makes note of ten Big Shifts. These are the shifts occurring in regards to how we teach our students and how content and curriculum in constantly changing. One of the shifts that I felt most essential was #9-Mastery is the Product, Not the Test. We have been conditioned to think of education and learning as collecting and memorizing facts, passing tests and earning acceptable grades. The...more
Wolfman
There is so much in this book that it is overwhelming to read it and imagine trying out all the Read/Write web tecnologies he talks about. I don't see how you could dedicate so much time to all the things he talks about and still have a life outside the classroom. In fact, that is what I think will be the next great crisis of the web: people will not be able to use everything that is out there, so they will have to pick and choose and/or someone like Google is going to have to find a way to put...more
Regina
May 27, 2009 Regina rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teachers, especially those who need a push to get started with technology
Recommended to Regina by: Will Richardson at OTA Conference, another teacher
I just finished an online book study of this book with other teachers in my district, using Wiggio. There is a lot of information here and it has really helped me to go out and try new things on the Read/Write Web 2.0. The message is that teachers must become comfortable with blogs, wikis, podcasts, etc., if we are to use them with our students. I really like how Richardson explains blogging as a new genre, where people write for an audience, read critically, synthesize information, make comment...more
Claire
I was skeptical of this when I got assigned it for a teaching w/ technology class. It's hip to write about technology, but usually USE-TECHNOLOGY-IN-YOUR-JOB!!! books are boring or silly rush jobs trying to make bank on a trend, and taking advantage of people feeling too old or clueless in this fast-changing world oh no!!! This is a little more thoughtful and philosophical than that, while still including some really helpful practical advice. I generally feel like I know what's goin on in the In...more
Cathy
I bought this book in a class I took about four or five years ago and read it this fall (reread?) for our PLN group. I had reservations about reading it now, figuring all the information would be outdated, but it was still as relevant now -- maybe more relevant -- as it was then. It gave me food for thought on how much more I could be doing with blogs and wikis, particularly, in my English 8 classroom. I am intrigued by the idea of an online portfolio and am appalled that our students don't have...more
Seth
This is a little dated at this point (it was written when blogs, wikis and podcasts were new-fangled ideas, lo these many -- well, three or four -- years ago). However it does do a solid job of articulating what the pedagogical advantages of these tools are and gives concrete examples of how and when to use them. I found that it pushed me to rethink my own relationship with blogs and wikis in a very useful and positive way. I'm not 100% sold on everything he says, but there's far more than just...more
Ryan
I'm using this book for one of my classes this semester, but it's definitely not a textbook. This book provides in depth analyses of various Web 2.0 technologies and appropriate ways to integrate them into the classroom. Even though I was familiar with most of the content discussed, I was really amazed at how these technologies are being used by teachers and students across the world. The best thing about the book were the ways in which Richardson provided new ideas for using technologies that h...more
Michael
This I had to read for a class at Kent State University. It is an interesting view I did wonder why the author did not start the book with RSS feeds for people that did not know what they were instead of over and over saying "we will get to RSS feeds in Chapter 5". Only way I reccomend this book for reading is if you're in the education field and are looking for ways to work technology into the education process. The author share a lot of good ideas to use podcasting, Flickr, and other sites in...more
Kristen Effinger
Richardson has built a scaffold as good as any carpenter. This book introduced, explained, and suggested various ways of incorporating web tools (blogs, RSS, Ning, etc) in life and in the classroom--in a reader friendly manner. Anyone can follow this book and no doubt with a computer at hand it becomes even more powerful. Unlike other professional development books, this was not riddled with academic language nor complicated content. It can be read a piece at a time, from end to start, or in one...more
Nightowltoo
Clear cut technology for classroom teachers. Technology is not going away, in fact it's becoming more pervasive. It is also evolving at ever increasing speeds. Richardson's book cuts to the chase and helps teachers to understand not only what things are (blogs, RSS feeds, etc) but why you need to understand them and how using them can work in the classroo m. He updates every few years so be sure to look for the most current edition
Courtney
This is a great resource for teachers who want to implement technology, but aren't sure how. The author walks the reader through the legal implications of getting a "connected" classroom as well as the pedagogical benefits as he links them to NCTE standards. This informative books gives teachers easy how-tos and shows that there is nothing to fear when using the Web to collaborate and grow effective and reflective learners.
Purple
This book was an excellent introduction to using web 2.0 tools in a school environment. It was also great for me as I aim to become more saavy with using these tools in my daily life. Many of these tools were familiar to me and yet the book was able to prod me to go a little further with using them. This is a book I can imagine coming back to again and again to glean another hint about using web 2.0 tools.
Acacia
There were a lot of interesting ideas about how to use familiar web tools in the classroom. Where this book lost me was in the some of the step-by-step instructions. Perhaps that type of instruction would be better suited for teachers who are less familiar with ideas like blogs, wikis, podcasts, and social sharing sites. For me, the directions for setting up something like a blog just seemed silly.
Educaster
This is a collection of information about current trends in web 2.0 applications as they pertain to education. Much of what is contained in this book is familiar to me, but it is written well enough that those who have never been exposed to web 2.0 for pedagogical purposes will find information that assists them in the journey toward applying technology in the classroom.
Christopher Bergeron
This is a really great book outlining the most common web tools and how they can be used in the classroom. This book is not a technical how-to instead focusing on the pedagogical approach to using the tools. How can the tools impact student learning, how can the tools impact teaching styles. A great read for any classroom teacher and one that I recommend.
Jennifer
A great practical guide to Web 2.0 - understandable language and very implementable classroom ideas and examples. Good for the novice to the swimmer. Taught me heaps. One of the less expensive of the genre, too, which is a change - these can be an outrageous price. I bought my library's copy through Syba Signs. Highly recommended and inspiring to the teacher.
Marsha
Jul 01, 2009 Marsha rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marsha by: mjkboyd@gmail.com
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An easy to read guide to those technophobes fearful of all the scary sounding applications and their equally confusing acronyms. I was blogging like a mad fool after just a few pages. Now I've got several blogs, wikis, and am venturing into foreign territory with nary a fear. Get this book for your personal library and you won't be disappointed.
Amy
I LOVED this book; it was easy to read and clear. This book is great for people who have a basic understanding of these tools and want to implement them. It is definitely a user-friendly book. People who have been blogging and podcasting for years probably already know this information.

I bought the 2nd edition of this book on eBay for $8.
Kim
This book was packed full with practical ideas for incorporating Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. A great balance of the importance of why these tools should be incorporated and the best of what can be accomplished with them. I will be going back to this book again to reference specific sites and ideas as I plan for the fall.
Jeremy
Although not specifically geared for higher education, as a college instructor considering adopting some web 2.0 tools into his teaching, I found this book an extremely helpful basic guide to how I might approach that, the basic tools and some of the basic considerations I need to take into account in my design. Basic but very helpful.
Oswald
This book is an excellent introductory piece for those teachers who are looking into integrating technology into their curriculum. The author covered a lot of the trendy sites that everyone uses today, but explained how these tools can be used constructively in the classroom. If you are not technology savvy, this is a must!
Ms.Given
This book was packed full with practical ideas for incorporating Web 2.0 tools in the classroom. A great balance of the importance of why these tools should be incorporated and the best of what can be accomplished with them. I will be going back to this book again to reference specific sites and ideas as I plan for the fall.
M S
Good book for the teacher that is seriously interested in trying to blog, wiki or podcast in the classroom. As with most technology books, I expect this one will be "out of date" quickly, but for now... and for the beginning teacher... this is a great resource to have on hand.
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
It says second edition, but that still is not current enough. This is the edge the Internet has over books…immediacy.

I learned a few new things…podcasting...annotating Flickr…Technorati…but, overall, I’d have done better to skip the book and seek out info on the net.
Alanna King
It is very useful and the the information provided is not going to become outdated quickly. I was surprised that it wasn`t more graphic.....too text based. Maybe that was a problem with copyright but I`ll be expecting more out of future Will Richardson books.
Trauman
Ended up only skimming it. Two reasons: 1) very much an introduction to the idea of social technologies in the classroom, and I'm already relatively familiar with most of these arguments/possibilities; 2) the audience seems to be k-12 teachers.
Nancy Wilson
Good overview of these social networking apps. The author maintains that social networking will revolutionize the way students learn. I'm not sure it will revolutionize, but it will at least be another trick for our bag of tricks.
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