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Facebook, Twitter, Google . . . today's tech-savvy students are always plugged in. However, all too often their teachers and administrators aren't experienced in the use of these familiar digital tools. If schools are to prepare students for the future, administrators and educators must harness the power of digital technologies and social media.

With contributions from authorities on the topic of educational technology, What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media is a compendium of the most useful tools for any education setting. Throughout the book, experts including Will Richardson, Vicki Davis, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Richard Byrne, Joyce Valenza, and many others explain how administrators and teachers can best integrate technology into schools, helping to make sense of the often-confusing world of social media and digital tools. They offer the most current information for the educational use of blogs, wikis and podcasts, online learning, open-source courseware, educational gaming, social networking, online mind mapping, mobile phones, and more, and include examples of these methods currently at work in schools. As the book clearly illustrates, when these tools are combined with thoughtful and deliberate pedagogical practice, it can create a transformative experience for students, educators, and administrators alike.

What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media reveals the power of information technology and social networks in the classroom and throughout the education community.

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"Reengineering teaching and learning requires bringing social media and digital technologies into the classroom. What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media is the desktop reference for 'digital immigrants and explorers' charting the direction of teaching and learning for the 'net generation.' This is a must-have toolbox for educational leaders who choose to be agents of change. Thanks, Scott and Chris!"
John C. Carver, Van Meter Superintendent of Schools, Des Moines, Iowa

"As technology reshapes teaching and learning in the twenty-first century, school leaders would do well to heed the sound insights and advice assembled by the experts in this book. With dozens of concrete examples, it offers something for education leaders no matter their prior experience with technology tools and issues."
Douglas A. Levin, executive director, State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)

"Digital technologies and social media continue to evolve and are transforming the way in which we communicate, teach, and learn. This book, written by knowledgeable practitioners, provides a solid foundation for school leaders who are either resistant or unsure of where to begin."
Eric Sheninger, principal, New Milford High School

"Contemporary learning is being revolutionized by social media and digital technologies. This book is a must-read for any administrator trying to make sense of why these tools are important and how to use them to connect, communicate, and collaborate inside and outside of the place we call school."
Pamela R. Moran, EdD, president, Virginia Association of School Superintendents

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What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media (Hardcover) Dec 28 2011
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As an educational leader and prolific user of digital technology and social networking to expand my influence and learn from others around the world, I greatly appreciate the content and layout of this book. In What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, Chris and Scott have created a concise guide that takes the excuses away from other school leaders who up until now, simply buried their heads in the sand. I've been working hard to influence others in my region to begin using social media of all types to tell the story of their schools and take action on issues that are affecting all of us, but it's been a slow process. This valuable book gives me a new tool to work with in bringing more school leaders into the digital age.
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Great Resources for All Learners Nov. 22 2011
By ideaguy42 - Published on
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Chris and Scott did an excellent job of bringing together some of the great minds in technology integration and using social media tools. It was a pleasure to hear their passion for each of the topics discussed. School leaders are woefully behind as a group in these areas of learning, and it is clear from the book that the editors that they are ready to help lead the system in this area. All school leaders and teachers can glean resources from this text as well as continue to grow their professional learning network by contacting the many authors of this book. The audience for this book certainly isn't the school administrator who has spent time learning and thinking about these topics at great length, but there is something for everyone. If you are looking for a present for your school leader, you couldn't go wrong with this selection.
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Every School Needs at Least One Copy April 25 2012
By Douglas - Published on
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What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, edited by Scott McLeod and Chris Lehmann (© 2012, John Wiley & Sons: SanFrancisco, CA) helps educators bridge the gap that often exists between their high tech knowledge and that possessed by their students. Scott and Chris have tapped top authorities to help you integrate technology into your lessons effectively. The emphasis is also on thoughtful pedagogical practice so that you don't end up with old practices using new tools. You may be up to speed on some topics covered here, but I doubt you understand them all.
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What School Leaders Need to Know...Excellent Resource for Every Administrator Dec 22 2011
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I would easily place this book on my list of "Best Books for Administrators" list for 2011. It provides a general, not-too-technical over digital technology and social media's place in our 21st century schools. This book is an extensive odyssey through all of the hot topics in instructional technology right now. Readers are provided with a complete overview of the field, in short-easy-to-read chapters. Various authors, most of them techno-gurus in their fields, write chapters that provide concise descriptions of digital tools like blogs, wikis, social media, RSS Feeds, online courseware, and many others. In each of these chapters are practical take-back-to-your-school tips, guidelines, and ideas for integration and implementation. There are also links to many of the most well-known digital and social media tools. At the end of every chapter, are lists of resources for those who would like to explore further. There are other books available that provide a survey similar to what is offered in What Every School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media, but none of them are written just for administrators and focus specifically on the technology as this one does. It is a small book that provides big answers to both administrators and teacher leaders wanting to see what possibilities digital technologies and social media offers the educator and school leader of the 21st century.
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New to Digital Technologies and Social Media Nov. 12 2011
By Bill Gaskins - Published on
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I have embraced most digital technologies and social media including Twitter, blogs, podcasting, RSS, social bookmarking, mobile technology, educational gaming, and much more. I work with people in a district office setting who fear the use of social media and have such a limited view of how these technologies play out in education. This book is for those readers who are learning along the way.

Most of the authors in What School Leaders Need to Know I follow their work through blogs and twitter feeds. This book is a brilliant piece to help those reluctant and who need more answers to the questions they have. This is book is a great starting point for those who have heard about different digital technologies and social media in school settings. Each chapter takes a digital technology or a social media tool explains is use in simple terms and leave you lots think about.

Each author is approachable and would be willing to share more with you. They can be easily found in a Google search. They like me belong to a huge network of educators who are making a difference by sharing and learning in a network of educators around the world.

I invite those who are exploring digital technologies and social media to read this book as a starting point. But don't stop with the book! Go further! Ask Questions!
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