Meet digital natives on their own turf! The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Using social media and web tools, you’ll learn and collaborate with one another in new ways. These brief books feature strategies to use immediately–and the series website lets you connect with authors and access additional resources. Accustomed to constantly-evolving mobile technology, our students crave more than paper and pencil can provide. In this volume, veteran teacher, renowned author, and tech expert Mark Barnes shows how educators can 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 Use technology to encourage positive collaboration beyond the classroom walls Benefit from teaching examples, K-12 lesson ideas, and a teacher-friendly technology glossary Learn how to make technology a catalyst in your classroom–one that builds students’ aptitudes for critical thought and partnership. To explore the other books in this series, visit the companion website.

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In October of 1996, I was partnered with three wonderful teachers on an academic team at a middle school outside of Cleveland, Ohio. Long before interdisciplinary projects were popular, two of my brilliant colleagues suggested that we have our students work in groups of three or four on a project we later named, “I Dream a World.” Students were to colonize a planet or moon in our solar system. They needed to calculate travel time from the Earth to their planet along with the dimensions of their colonies (math). A written charter and constitution were necessary, along with promotional material for their new world (social studies and language arts). Finally, students needed an intimate understanding of their planet or moon, its terrain, ...

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