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Acknowledgments About the Authors Introduction Part I. Four Tools to Start With Tech Tool 1: Web Access, Laptops, Mobile Devices Tech Tool 2: Webquests Tech Tool 3: Blogs Tech Tool 4: Wikis Part II. Tools for Student Engagement and Empowerment Tech Tool 5: Cloud Computing Tech Tool 6: The Flipped Classroom and Khan Academy Tech Tool 7: Wiffiti Tech Tool 8: Jing Tech Tool 9: Gaming, ARGs, and Virtual World Instruction Tech Tool 10: Diigo Part III. Tech Tools for Student Creation and Collaboration Tech Tool 11: Glogs Tech Tool 12: Podcasts Tech Tool 13: Scribd Tech Tool 14: Comic Life Tech Tool 15: Google Apps Tech Tool 16: Vokis, Avatars, and Animation! Tech Tool 17: Vlogs Tech Tool 18: Animoto Part IV. Tools for Social Learning and Networking Tech Tool 19: Facebook Tech Tool 20: Twitter Part V. The Teaching Revolution and a Brave New World for the 21st Century Index

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Learn more about William Bender's PD offerings Consulting Description: Differentiated Instruction Consulting Description: Math Consulting Description: Project-Based Learning Consulting Description: RTI Consulting Description: Technology William N. Bender began his career by teaching eighth- and ninth-grade students in the public schools. He worked in higher education for 28 years and published over 60 research articles and 24 books in education. He specializes in instructional strategies for all students and is recognized as a national leader on instructional tactics, response to intervention, and differentiated instruction. Dr. Bender believes his job is to inform audiences across the nation of innovative, up to date information, based on current applied research. Dr. Bender received his Ph.D. in Special Education from the University of North Carolina and currently consults with schools and districts in the United States and Canada.


"This book is an excellent resource for both new and experienced educators looking to make the most of Web 2.0 resources for teaching and learning. It can be used individually, but I think it would be most beneficial (and fun!) to use in small groups of educators as they support and surprise one another with their explorations and discoveries." -- Chris Toy, Educational Consultant/Graduate School Instructor
"This is one of the most important tools that today's teachers could have in their toolbox. There are great descriptions of the tools, and excellent ideas about how to easily put them to work." -- David Callaway, 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher
"This book provides a wealth of ideas for teachers who would like to use technology but do not know where to begin. Each chapter provides a lens into specific categories of use and websites associated with the use. An encyclopedia of practical tools for the low-tech classroom!" -- Bena Kallick, Educational Consultant
"Cool Tech Tools for the Lower-Tech Teacher is a great manual for all educators. Each of us can benefit from adding new technology tools in our classrooms, which speak to the instructional variety that our digital learners come to our classrooms with each day.
Our digital revolution is now, this book should be one of your tools as you set about designing a creative, collaborative, social and self-directed classroom! "
-- Cheryl Oakes, Resource Room Teacher
"Every educator interested in bringing their classroom into the 21st century should get this book. It not only tells what the new technology is and how to use it, but it creates an invaluable vision for the future of education in which students are not only consumers of information but creators. This resource could help revolutionize education as we know it, if every teacher implemented the tech tools in this book!" -- Jolene Dockstader, 7th Grade Language Arts Teacher
"This is a much needed, delightful, inviting, tech plain speak compendium of cool tech, Common Core tools, any teacher can infuse using the steps and differentiating strategies suggested by the authors. This demystifies cool tech tools for the non techie teacher." -- Rose Cherie Reissman, Literacy Specialist/ Technology Integration Specialist

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