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Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms


reviewed by Beverly B. Ray & Martha M. Hocutt — June 26, 2006

coverTitle: Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms
Author(s): Will Richardson
Publisher: Corwin Press, Thousand Oaks
ISBN: 1412927676, Pages: 149, Year: 2006
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Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination. --John Dewey Many of today’s teens are digital innovators. They approach technologies, such as blogs, wikis, and podcasts, with what Dewey (1929) called an “audacity of imagination” (p. 310). Not only do teens like these digital tools, but they are innovative users of them. Richardson’s audacity is that he understands these tools in the same way, and is able to translate that understanding to his readers. Because he understands, both as a classroom teacher and as a blogger, Richardson is able to offer the reader a path that will lead students out of the wasteland of inappropriate online usage to, potentially, a place of meaningful learning. While others wring their hands when they read about teens’ behavior online (read:  Myspace), Richardson looks beyond the inappropriate behavior and sees the possibilities of the software for classroom instructional use. Moreover, he... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 26, 2006
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 12550, Date Accessed: 12/18/2017 3:34:02 PM

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About the Author
  • Beverly Ray
    Idaho State University
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    BEVERLY B. RAY, Ph. D., is Associate Professor of Instructional Methods and Technology at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. Her research interests involve reflective practices in electronic environments and best practices in the use of emerging technologies. She is co-author of several recent articles on teachers’ use of weblogs as reflective devices.
  • Martha Hocutt
    University of West Alabama
    MARTHA M. HOCUTT is Assistant Professor and Chair of the Department of Foundations of Education at the University of West Alabama , Livingston , Alabama. Her research interests include K-12 technology integration and best practices regarding distance education. She has co-authored several articles on weblogs with Dr. Ray.
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