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Empowering Students With Technology

Empowering Students With Technology

Second Edition
Edited by:

November 2009 | 136 pages | Corwin

Expand classroom experiences and spark student excitement with learning adventures powered by technology!

Written by an internationally recognized expert in the field, this second edition of the bestseller provides educators with practical strategies for using technology to "break down" classroom walls and prepare all students to succeed in a digital world.

Making the case for technology's capacity to improve school performance and create communities of best practice, the book demonstrates how appropriate use of computer and Internet technologies enhances students' critical thinking, research, and problem-solving skills. Equally important, informed use of technology can level the learning field for disadvantaged students and allow children who are disabled to participate more fully in mainstream education.

Offering more than 50 Web sites, as well as new resources, realistic lesson ideas, sample activities, more information about online learning, and real-world examples, this timely revision examines:

  • Information literacy
  • Learning in a globally connected community
  • Increased access to information
  • Applications for digital cameras, fax machines, cell phones, and more
  • The relationship between technology expenditures and student achievement

Complete with a section on navigating government archives online, this updated edition of Empowering Students With Technology helps students connect instructional content to real life and facilitates their development as independent and collaborative learners.

About the Author
1. Teaching and Learning the Structure of Information
Information Literacy: A New Basic Skill

MAPping the Internet: Meta-Web Information, Author, and Purpose

Confusing Technical Mastery With Critical Thinking

Blocking Versus Access

Professional Growth Opportunity: Relate and Reflect on Chapter 1

2. Empowering Learning by Expanding Relationships
Planning for Learning (Instead of Technology)

Revisiting the Role of the Family

E-mail in a Cultural Context

Teacher-Created Web Sites

Publishing Student Work on the Web

Professional Growth Opportunity: Relate and Reflect on Chapter 2

3. Emerging Roles Within the Knowledge Community
Teachers as Digital Immigrants

Help and Support in Your Own Backyard

Benchmarking Educational Practice to the Knowledge Community

Shifting Control

Raising Expectations: Students as Knowledge Producers

Managing Fear

Professional Growth Opportunity: Relate and Reflect on Chapter 3

4. Accessing Primary Sources to Enhance Critical Thinking
Using Primary Sources

Teaching the Skills to Assess Primary Sources

Professional Growth Opportunity: Relate and Reflect on Chapter 4

5. Online Learning
Pioneers on the Digital Frontier

Changing Roles and Interactions

Students Involved in Online Learning

Teachers Involved in Online Learning

Individual Courses: Supporting Learning

Professional Growth Opportunity: Relate and Reflect on Chapter 5


“Alan November provides an exceptional lens that clarifies the confusion in the field. Educators know the significance and the impact of technology on education, but many don’t understand how to make good use of technology to further student learning. November presents both the theoretical and practical in such a compelling way that it makes me want to remind educators that we cannot keep doing what we have always done—not with the possibilities that technology opens for us!”

Bena Kallick, Educational Consultant
Key features
  • Emphasizes the importance of helping students gain the research skills neccessary for solving "real world" problems and inquiring about topics and issues that interest them
  • Includes a section on how to navigate government archives online
  • Offers strategies teachers can use to help stduents work independently on the Web
  • Discusses the relationship between technology expenditures and student achievement
  • Goes beyond basic computer and Internet technologies to examine classroom uses for digital cameras, fax machines, cell phones, and more
  • Includes numerous sample activites and Web sites to visit for further resources

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