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Teaching the iStudent

Teaching the iStudent
A Quick Guide to Using Mobile Devices and Social Media in the K-12 Classroom

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August 2014 | 72 pages | Corwin

Meet digital natives on their own turf!

Our students are already accustomed to constantly-evolving mobile technology and they crave more than what plain paper and pencil can provide. Veteran teacher, renowned author, and tech expert Mark Barnes shows educators how to use mobile devices and social media to create a win-win for teaching and learning.  This inspiring resource describes how to:

  • Mentor students in responsible use of technology
  • Build students’ aptitudes for critical thought and content curation
  • Encourage collaboration beyond the classroom walls
  • Easily learn and introduce new technology

Including real-life teaching examples and exciting K-12 lesson ideas, along with a teacher-friendly technology glossary.

The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.

Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.   

“Any educator can't go wrong by reading anything Mark Barnes writes! I'm a big fan of his books and what he shares online.” 
— Larry Ferlazzo, Award-Winning Teacher, Blogger, and Author
Helping Students Motivate Themselves

Preface by Peter DeWitt
1. Understanding the Age of "i"
2. Content Curation in the 21st Century
3. Why You Can't Afford to Ignore Social Media
4. How Mobile Learning Changes Everything
5. Blending the Learning
6. Activities and Tools You Can Use Tomorrow
7. The Language of "i"

"Any educator can't go wrong by reading anything Mark Barnes writes! I'm a big fan of his books and what he shares online."

Larry Ferlazzo, Teacher
Luther Burbank High School, Sacramento, CA

"As a former classroom teacher, Mark understands what is needed to engage students from the moment they walk into the classroom. In his new book, Mark offers his insight to make sure all teachers understand their students, and provides suggestions on how educators can maximize the potential of the iStudent."

Peter DeWitt, Corwin Author, Flipped Leadership Doesn’t Mean Reinventing the Wheel
Albany, NY

"As of now there are about 20 books in the Corwin Connected Educator Series, a seemingly ever-growing set of titles masterminded by Peter DeWitt and Corwin Press. Each book is short enough to be read in one sitting, which makes the collection ideal for book studies and professional development, both during the summer and throughout the school year. Also, each paperback is authored by one or two educators who speak (and blog, tweet, etc.) with a credible voice in the world of connected education. Some of the topics include:
  • Flipped leadership
  • Tools for connecting educators, parents, and communities
  • Blogging for educators
  • Best practices for establishing a makerspace
  • Tools to connect and empower teachers

Finally, all of the authors are active on social media, and they regularly present at local conferences, which helps in bringing to life the contents of these books."

Ross Cooper, Supervisor of Instructional Practice K-12
Salisbury Township School District, Edutopia

Could not fit it in the class. Shifting consideration to a rebuild of the Tools for the Teacher course. The material is good. It is just a matter of where to fit it in.

Dr Tony Krug
Teacher Education, Johnson University
April 8, 2015
Key features

This book helps teachers understand the lives and minds of today’s learners, who have grown up surrounded by iPhones, iPads, computers, and other digital forms—media that are still novelties to many educators. Many educators assume that kids are proficient in using technology, but evidence shows that students need leaders to show them how to thoughtfully and meaningfully use technology to enhance their learning. This book will give teachers:

  • A method for effectively leading content curation through social media
  • A vocabulary for discussing technology with students
  • An understanding of how digital and mobile learning is making waves
  • Practical ideas and activities for engaging students through devices

 There is also the Connected Educators Series website where readers can connect with all of the authors of the series, find more resources, and find real support for putting flipped leadership into practice.

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