"RSS for Educators: Blogs, Newsfeeds, Podcasts, and Wikis in the Classroom" by John Hendron explains how educators working with grades PreK-12 can use a news aggregator to harness the power of RSS (Really Simple Syndication) for a variety of purposes including classroom projects, professional development, and keeping students and parents informed.
The book tells how to use free and inexpensive software such as Garage Band and Audacity to manipulate audio files and create podcasts. Also examined are the pros and cons of various blogging platforms.
The material provides a complete introduction to RSS technology, suggested ways to harness the power of RSS for educational purposes, the pros and cons of low-cost and free Web 2.0 software, a glossary, and an extensive list of online resources.
The price is $20.95 for ISTE members and $29.95 for nonmembers.
"PowerPoint Magic" by Pamela Lewis, developed for educators working with grades 1-8, shows how to employ PowerPoint software to help students tap into creativity and skills beyond the traditional pen-and-paper approach to projects. The book provides lessons that encourage students to select, organize, and integrate verbal and pictorial material to make sense of information and build understanding.
Lesson plans are included that integrate the software into regular content area curricula. Also provided are an introduction to the software’s basic functions and capabilities, step-by-step activity descriptions keyed to the NET*S and content area standards, teaching tips and extension ideas for promoting higher order thinking skills, and a CD-ROM with a complete set of modifiable lesson templates and samples.
The book is priced at $27.95 for ISTE members and $39.95 for nonmembers.
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