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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Leading 21st Century Schools March 9 2010
By M. Feit - Published on Amazon.com
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I read this book for as required reading for an Instructional Technology Leadership graduate class that I am enrolled in. As a future elementary special education teacher, this is not a book that I would typically seek out. However, I think this book is possibly more useful for an individual like myself, than someone who is already a technology leader or the educator with a technologically oriented mindset. The book is well organized and easily accessable even for someone like myself with limited tehcnological expertise.

The book is divided into three sections. The first section is dedicated to presenting information on why it is so important to move towards a more technologically focused education system. The second section concentrates on what can and should be included in this new vision of education. This section strongly emphasises the great potential that the Web 2.0 tools has for educators and students. The final section presents topics relating to the practical considerations involved in being a leader int the 21st Century school.

The book makes a strong case for the importance of changing the focus of the traditional school to include 21st Century skills and technologies. More importantly, the book includes tools, and several real examples to assist the educators who want to play a part in leading their schools in this direction. I often felt mildly inspired and strongly motivated by the examples that the authors presented. I found my mind racing to find ways to implement the tools and strategies in a special education setting. I look forward to using this information in my education career.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A good resource for educators and school leaders who want to integrate technology into the school setting. March 2 2010
By M. C. BUSTAMANTE - Published on Amazon.com
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Leading 21st Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement. Lynne Schrum & Barbara B. Levin. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin, 2009. 232 pages.

The book Leading 21st Century Schools: Harnessing Technology for Engagement and Achievement, by Lynne Schrum and Barbara Levin, is a good resource for educators and school leaders who want to integrate technology into the school setting, following the lines of the National Educational Technology Standards for Administrators. The authors clearly describe and explain the use of Web 2.0 tools for administrative tasks, as well as for teachers and students. Strategies for several content areas specifically within the K-12 curriculum are provided. At the end of each chapter, there is a useful set of activities to consider using within the school and materials to consult online to expand upon the different topics. Also, at the end of the book there is a complete glossary of technological terms and a list of Web 2.0 tools and online resources classified by content area. The authors focus on collaborative, communicative, and creative skills through the use of online tools and provide an overview of legal and ethical issues such as copyright or fair use, as well as safety considerations.

Technological issues and terms are explained in a simple language, so the text is easy to read. I would recommend this book to educators that are not familiar with technology. I enjoyed reading about several different aspects of technology within the educational setting. Even though the strategies for effective use of technology within the diverse content areas are K-12 oriented, I believe this is a good resource as well for a college faculty. Since evidence from research is presented with references throughout the book, this is a source that I would also recommend to graduate students of instructional technology.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good Resources, Easy Read March 10 2013
By Sam Towne - Published on Amazon.com
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If you were looking for some technological resources as a teacher, this book is a real help. Each chapter brings new, practical uses and resources that can be integrated into a classroom today if you wanted to. At the end of each chapter, there are activities and resources that help you implement or critically think about what the chapter had presented. Not only is this book geared toward teachers and what technology can do for them in the classroom, but also for administrators. I would recommend this book for all teachers, as it can only help you improve your teaching strategies in the classroom. The only part that I worry about with this book is how long it will be relevant. I am sure ti will be for a good amount of time but with how fast technology advances, some of what is brought up in the book could become dated.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tells how to create a tech-savvy school in keeping with the newly updated NETS-A standards Nov. 12 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Lynne Schrum and Barbara B. Levin's LEADING 21ST CENTURY SCHOOLS: HARNESSING TECHNOLOGY FOR ENGAGEMENT AND ACHIEVEMENT tells how to create a tech-savvy school in keeping with the newly updated NETS-A standards. From ethical and legal considerations to recommended activities and resources, this packs in 21st century skills from creating wikis and blogs to social networking. Top picks for any education library.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great, easy to read book! March 9 2013
By Brenna Conci - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is well written and easy to read. I wasn't aware of all the different technology resources before reading this book. It is a great resource with excellent examples for practical classroom use throughout the book. At the end of each chapter there is a list of additional resources and activities to further your learning. I found these activities very helpful. This book really emphasizes the use of technology in schools and classrooms. I also liked that it provided definitions for technology terms I didn't know. This book would be a good resource for practicing teachers, preservice teachers, administrators, parents and even students to become more familiar and aware of all the technology tools available. I will definitely be using this book as a resource for my classroom in the future.

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