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

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

Third Edition

June 2012 | 184 pages | Corwin
Written for educators of all levels and disciplines, this third edition of the best-selling book Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms provides real examples from primary and secondary teachers around the world who are at the forefront of bringing today's Web tools into their schools and to their students. This book is filled with practical advice on how teachers and students can use the Web to learn more, create more, and communicate better.

This fully updated resource opens up a new technology toolbox for both novice and tech-savvy educators. Will Richardson provides clear explanations of specific teaching applications, with how-to steps for teaching with:

- Weblogs

- Wikis

- Rich Site Summary (RSS) feeds and aggregators

- Social bookmarking

- Online photo galleries

- Facebook, MySpace, and Twitter

- Second Life

Updated with materials on Web publishing and information literacy, this invaluable handbook helps students and teachers use Web tools within the classroom to enhance student learning and achievement.

1. The Read/Write Web
2. Weblogs: Pedagogy and Practice
3. Weblogs: Get Started!
4. Wikis: Easy Collaboration for All
5. RSS: A New Killer App for Educators
6. The Social Web: Learning Together
7. Fun With Flickr: Creating, Publishing, and Using Images Online
8. Podcasting, Video and Screencasting, Live Streaming: Multimedia Publishing for the Masses
9. What It All Means
10. Social Networks: Facebook, Ning, Connections, and Communities
Epilogue: The Classroom of the Read/Write Web

"This book is loaded with insightful and honest advice about the Web 2.0 in education. Will Richardson has amassed decades of technology integration experience as a teacher, consultant, blogger, and educational leader. There are few like him and few books like this.”

Curtis J. Bonk, Professor, Indiana University
Author, The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education

"Richardson's book was a touchstone for me when I started trying to figure out how to integrate participatory media into my teaching. I recommend this book to any teacher at any level who is interested in the learner-centric pedagogy that social media enables."

Howard Rheingold, Lecturer, Stanford University
Author of Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution

"The best guide you can find to using the power of the Internet in your classroom."

Jeff Jarvis, Author of What Would Google Do?

Great book. It is an easy read. In addition, it provides wonderful examples of the most popular WEB 2.0 Tools.

Dr Weedens E. Blanchard
Education Dept, St John's University
October 26, 2017

Met with course requirements

Mr Kenneth Rovine
Education Dept, St Josephs University
August 29, 2012
Key features
  • Includes two new chapters on new and expanding technology which teachers can use in and outside the classroom
  • Presents updated research, including the latest Web technology
  • Demystifies powerful new Internet tools for use in classrooms and school libraries
  • Provides definitions, explanations, examples and how-to's for blogs and other tools
  • Applies across grade levels and disciplines
  • Includes a critical chapter on teaching Internet safety
  • Links to the new emphasis on information literacy

The third edition of Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms retains all of the core content that made the previous editions so successful, however examples of technology use have been updated throughout and the book includes a new chapter on social networking sites. In addition, the author cites a number of new references about the evolving mode and impact of today's technologies.
Richardson expands his coverage of tools that have grown increasingly popular in the past few years, such as Twitter, Diigo, and Flickr, and adds detailed, up-to-date instructions for these sites. Additional updating includes current examples of online media use, deletion of references to obsolete sites, and inclusion of new sites to illustrate the text.

The newly added chapter, titled Social Networks: Facebook, Ning, Connections, and Communities, presents information about how to set up and use social networking sites and discusses personal and classroom applications. Richardson also includes innovative examples of how different schools have utilized these tools.

Willard Richardson

A parent of two middle-school-aged children, Will Richardson has been writing about the intersection of social online learning networks and education for the past 10 years at and in numerous journals and magazines such as Ed Leadership, Education Week, and English Journal. Recently, he shifted his blogging emphasis to Formerly a public school educator for 22 years, he is a co-founder of Powerful Learning Practice (, a unique professional development program that has mentored over 3,000 teachers worldwide in the last three years. His first book, Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web... More About Author

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ISBN: 9781412977470