Tools for the 21st Century Teacher

I just learned about a new eBook published by Michael Zimmer called Tools for the 21st Century Teacher. It has some great information about several web-based tools that can be used in just about any classroom. It starts off with three common misconceptions:

  1. New teachers have more experience with technology and therefore don’t need help with technology.
  2. Current teachers have no desire to learn technology or are afraid of technology.
  3. You need to pay for technology in order to integrate it into the classroom.

I think as librarians and technology leaders in the school it is important to understand and overcome these misconceptions. The more we are aware of our own preconceived notions, the faster we can move past them.

Many of the technologies covered in the eBook are the ones we have been experimenting with in ProjectELITE. There are good descriptions of them, however, including links to tutorials that would be helpful if you are conducting a PD.

Published in: on June 12, 2010 at 5:17 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Stacie: I downloaded that book when I first heard about it and skimmed it, but I didn’t read it in depth yet. I’m glad to hear that it is on target with some of the things we are trying to accomplish in CPS and that you liked it. Project ELITE was developed to avoid the misconceptions you mentioned. Thanks so much for sharing!

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