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The Digital Diet

The Digital Diet
Today’s Digital Tools in Small Bytes

April 2010 | 196 pages | Corwin

Explore a menu of today's new digital tools!

Understanding today's online world and relating to the digital generation can be a daunting process for the newcomer. The Digital Diet demonstrates how online technologies can be utilized in today's classroom to foster enjoyable and productive learning.

Offering a tantalizing buffet of various kinds of digital fare, such as blogs, wikis, social networking tools, and podcasts, this concise "diet" allows beginning and experienced users to get a taste of various digital tools at their individual pace. Using numerous screen shots and compelling examples, the authors explain what each tool is, define critical terminology, discuss why educators might use the tool, and provide guidance for using the tool in teaching. This resource presents steps for:

  • Completing searches and using to bookmark favorite sites
  • Preparing documents anytime and anywhere
  • Communicating with friends and colleagues around the world through Skype
  • Developing networks and providing updates through Facebook, Twitter, and blogs
  • Sharing and discussing pictures, presentations, or videos through VoiceThread and Flickr

The Digital Diet supplies an entertaining commentary on the basics many of the most popular online tools in use today.

1. The Digital Citizen
2. Searching
3. Social Bookmarking
4. Buzzword: Collaborative Word Processing
5. VVOIP (Video and Voice Over IP)
6. Twitter
7. Blogging With Blogger
8. Social Networking
9. Voice Thread: Bringing Together Voice and Images
10. Media Sharing

"Valuable in its exploration of pedagogical usage of technologies. Recommended."

Sara Rofofsky Marcus
Library Media Connection magazine, October 2010 (Vol. 29, No. 2)

We address Digital Citizenship, searching, and VOIP in a different class (one I do not teach) - Chapters 1 and 5. Many of our students in this course are in mainland China, where Twitter and Facebook are blocked, while Blogger is not available there - chapters 6-8. Overall, I was looking for a book that offered a broader array of Web 2.0 services and did not feel this text met that description.

Dr Tony Krug
Teacher Education, Johnson University
January 21, 2012
Key features

Each chapter of The Digital Diet offers the following elements:

1. Clear goals and objectives. This book is going to help you use a variety of great tools that will allow you to navigate today's digital world, stay in touch with your friends, enhance your professional life, and have fun. It will allow you to get the information you need easily and efficiently and save it so you can access it at any time from anywhere.

2. Skills This book will provide you with a step-by-step guide to setting up and using these new digital tools and technologies. Each chapter takes you through a series of small steps that show you how to use the tools and share the information you have.

3. Incentive – Incentives are often useful to making change. No matter how good the ideas are, how fantastic the resources and user guides are and how detailed your plan, you have to want to change. This book provides these incentives.

4. Resources -This book will provide you with the resources and materials you need to understand the basics of each tool. Each chapter provides links to other online resources so that you can expand your knowledge and expertise.

5. A plan – This book is a step-by-step guide. But you don't have to do everything! Too often diets require you to choreograph your life to the smallest step. This Digital Diet doesn't. If the tool or technology doesn't fit your interests and needs, then we suggest you don't use it!

6. Further Exploration – Links to additional resources for those who might want to know a little bit more about the areas that are being profiled.

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1: The Digital Citizen

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ISBN: 9781412982368