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.

Introduction

Introduction

The eighth-grade classroom was abuzz. Students wandered about, giggling and shouting things like, “Did you see what Jessie wrote?” and “Oh, I read The Hunger Games trilogy, too,” and “Hey Luke, respond to my last text!” Another student nervously called to the teacher, “Mr. Barnes, I didn’t mean to write that; can I delete it?” Still another hollered, “This is awesome. Can we keep the chat going when we leave?” Imagine middle school students wanting to continue an activity outside of class, in essence, asking their teacher for homework. What prompted this excitement, followed by the strange request for additional work? The answer has little to do with the activity or the teacher. This almost uncanny enthusiasm was sparked by the vehicle to learning—the ...

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