The Networked Teacher: How New
Teachers Build Social Networks for
Professional Support by Kira J. Baker-
Doyle is a new book that explains the
research and theory behind social networks,
describes what effective social networking
for educators looks like, reveals common
obstacles that new teachers face in establish-
ing networks, and offers practical advice. It costs $27.95.
MORE INFO: www.thenetworkedteacher.com
ISTE’s latest release, Media Literacy in the
K– 12 Classroom by Frank Baker, demonstrates
how teachers can bring media literacy into their
classrooms regardless of whether they teach
English language arts, social studies, health, or
math. The book contains examples, advice, and
classroom activities. It costs $25.17 for members
and $35.95 for nonmembers.
MORE INFO: iste.org/store
The Bill of Rights Institute has released the Constitution Duel,
a 15-question quiz that challenges students to defend their
constitutional honor. The multiple-choice questions come from
four categories: the Constitution, primary-source documents,
landmark U.S. Supreme Court cases, and historic people. The
institute has also created a video on the constitutional
principle of representative government to help kids explore the differences between republics and democracies.
MORE INFO: http://theconstitutionquiz.org;
InboxQ.com has released a free searchable index of millions
of subject-matter experts students can tap via Twitter. The
tool is designed to make it easier for students and other knowledge seekers to find experts they can question about thousands
of topics. You can download InboxQ for Chrome or Firefox.
MORE INFO: www.inboxq.com
Dictionary.com has launched Word Dynamo, an online
and mobile learning experience designed to improve study
techniques through gaming using a library of more than
100,000 study guides. Word Dynamo contains a game-based assessment that estimates each player’s vocabulary
size and skill level, sequenced challenges that offer 20
levels of skill-building word games, organized sets for
subject-focused learning and memory games, practice
sessions, and timed quizzes that allow users to follow personalized study guides at their own pace. In addition, the
program contains a study dashboard that allows students
to track their learning level, monitor progress, and create
their own word lists to review.
MORE INFO: www.worddynamo.com
Beat the Data Glut with Infographics
Are you suffering from information overload?
The solution may be as easy as using your
eyes to visualize information, see patterns,
and make connections. Author Jane Krauss
discusses how teachers and students can
interpret and create compelling infographics
to make sense of complex data, elaborate
systems, and informal relationships.
Design Thinking Puts Students in Charge
If you could create your own “classroom for the
future” with your choice of resources, furniture,
tools, and technology, how would you design
it? Christian Long, a former classroom teacher
and an adviser for DesignShare, writes about
how educators can prepare their students for
an increasingly complex digital age by training
them in design thinking.
Use the NETS to Find Your Way
When author Jen LaMaster became the
new ed tech coordinator at Brebeuf Jesuit
Preparatory School in Indianapolis, Indiana,
USA, her first task was to align the 450-year-
old Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm to a digital
age framework. Find out how she used the
NETS·T as a compass to guide her school into
the digital age.
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