Cool Tech Tools for Lower Tech Teachers: 20 Tactics for Every Classroom


William N. Bender & Laura B. Waller

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    Corwin gratefully acknowledges the contributions of the following reviewers:

    • David Callaway
    • Seventh Grade Social Studies Teacher
    • Rocky Heights Middle School
    • Highlands Ranch, CO
    • Jolene Dockstader
    • Seventh Grade Language Arts Teacher
    • Jerome Joint School District
    • West Jerome, ID
    • Bena Kallick
    • Educational Consultant;
      • Program Director,
      • Eduplanet21
    • Westport, CT
    • Cheryl Oakes
    • Resource Room Teacher
    • Wells High School
    • Wells, ME
    • Rose Cherie Reissman
    • Literacy Specialist/Technology Integration Specialist
    • New York City Department of Education, IS 62
    • Brooklyn, NY
    • Chris Toy
    • Educational Consultant/Graduate School Instructor
    • Learning Capacity Unlimited/University of Southern Maine
    • Bath, ME
    • Barbara Trolley
    • Professor
    • Buffalo Center Counselor Education Program Director; Chair of the Disability Committee
    • St. Bonaventure University Buffalo Center
    • Hamburg, NY

    About the Authors

    William N. Bender is an international leader who focuses on practical instructional tactics with an emphasis on response to intervention (RTI) and differentiated instruction in general education classes across the grade levels. In particular, Dr. Bender has written more books on RTI than any other author in the world, two of which are best sellers. He has now completed seven books on various aspects of response to intervention, as well as a professional development videotape on that topic. He completes between 40 and 50 workshops yearly in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. In the fall of 2010, he was selected to work with the Ministry of Education in Bermuda to establish its nationwide RTI framework. One of his recent books, Beyond the RTI Pyramid, was a 2010 finalist for the Distinguished Achievement Award for Excellence in Educational Publishing.

    Dr. Bender uses practical strategies and easy humor to make his workshops an enjoyable experience for all, and he is frequently asked to return to the same school or district for additional workshops. He consistently receives positive reviews of his professional-development workshops for educators across the grade levels. Dr. Bender believes his job is to inform educators of innovative, up-to-date tactics for the classroom, rooted in current research, in an enjoyable workshop experience. He is able to convey this information in a humorous, motivating fashion.

    Dr. Bender began his education career teaching in a junior high school resource classroom, working with adolescents with behavioral disorders and learning disabilities. He earned his doctorate in special education from the University of North Carolina and has taught in leading universities around the nation, including Rutgers University and the University of Georgia. He is now consulting and writing full time and has published over 60 research articles and 23 books in education.

    Laura B. Waller is an exciting, young, dynamic educator and the co-author of RTI and Differentiated Reading in the K–8 Classroom and The Teaching Revolution: RTI, Technology, and Differentiation Transform Teaching for the 21st Century. Ms. Waller began her career as a reading specialist in elementary education, working at an inner-city school in Washington, DC. With degrees from both Appalachian State University and Johns Hopkins University, she succeeded in her teaching of English-learning students, underprivileged students, Title I students, and many other students who struggled in reading and mathematics.

    Ms. Waller is now teaching underprivileged children in a rural school in North Carolina and doing workshops for educators on technology for reading instruction and differentiated instruction in core academic areas. She also offers workshops on classroom use of Smart Boards, e- assessments, and other technologies to facilitate differentiation and academic progress. She recently received funding from the Bright Ideas Grant to implement hands-on literacy centers that support learning with a focus on technology and preparing students to be globally competitive in the 21st century. Her instructional practices have been featured in a professional development video, Differentiating Math Instruction (Corwin, 2009).

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    The Corwin logo—a raven striding across an open book—represents the union of courage and learning. Corwin is committed to improving education for all learners by publishing books and other professional development resources for those serving the field of PreK–12 education. By providing practical, hands-on materials, Corwin continues to carry out the promise of its motto: “Helping Educators Do Their Work Better.”

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