Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts – by Will Richardson

  Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson is an excellent guide for educators to learn how to use these low-cost Web 2.0 tools in classrooms. Even though the book was written in 2006, it is still a good reference for those who are now just joining the tidal wave of our changing world.

Richardson starts off by explaining the Read/Write Web and the extraordinary changes that are occurring because of it. He cites great examples of how Web 2.0 has transformed many areas of our lives. He also writes about how to keep students safe and that is a must read section for educators!

Richardson has outlined how to use weblogs (blogs), wikis and podcasts in a direct manner. Included in this book are things like the following:

  • Blogging Across the Curriculum
  • Blogging with Students
  • Blogging Safety
  • Wikis in Schools
  • Wiki Tools and Resources
  • Podcasting
  • RSS (what it is and how to use it)
  • The Social Web

Richardson ends the book with a chapter entitled – What It all Means. This chapter includes New Literacies – which is crucial for educators to understand and implement, The Big Shifts – open content, many, many teachers and 24/7 learning as well as collaboration and what I think is the biggest shift – Teaching is Conversation, Not Lecture.

So, this entire book is recommended as a must read for educators. It really describes how education is changing, and how we, as educators, must change with it. It is a practical guide but also a “wake-up” call for those who have not explored the Web 2.0 tools and what they will do for learners.

Read it!

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