Computer Use Materials

Computer Use is an essential skill that refers to the ability to make use of various computer technologies required in a complex world, whether in the home, the classroom, or the workplace. The materials listed below are for educators, tutors, practitioners and anyone who is interested in the Essential Skill of computer use in adult literacy. Every item on this list is available, either from the library or online.


Background and Definitions

Computer use self-assessment. (online)
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), 2013.
www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/jobs/les/docs/tools/cu_self_assessment.pdf

Defining essential digital skills in the Canadian workplace: final report. (Online)
Research conducted by Chris Chinien and France Boutin. Montreal, Quebec: WDM Consultants, 2011. Available at www.en.copian.ca/library/research/digi_es_can_workplace/digi_es_can_workplace.pdf
» Proposes a digital skills framework for Canadian workers that includes four skills clusters: foundational skills, transversal skills, technical digital skills and digital information processing skills. Examines tools and procedures for assessing digital skills.

Literacy and essential skills definitions: computer use. (online)
Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, (HRSDC). [Ottawa, ON], 2011. Online at http://www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/workplaceskills/LES/definitions/definitions.shtml#computer

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Basic Computer Skills

Absolute beginner’s guide to computer basics. 5th ed.
Michael Miller. Indianapolis, Ind.: Que, 2010.
» Lots of information on using computers that helps make it less intimidating for beginning computer users. Includes working with Windows 7, basic functions of Microsoft Office, using the Internet, social media, digital media and protecting your PC. Primarily text; not appropriate for beginning readers.

Computer literacy for seniors: workshops and lessons plans.
Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This is a series of three-hour lesson plans and student workbooks on basic computer literacy for adults, with a focus on delivering instruction to seniors. This series was created by literacy practitioners for the Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy. There are eight separate three-hour workshops on topics ranging from getting started with your computer to shopping safely online. This project was funded by Government of Canada’s New Horizons for Seniors Program, and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 2.5 Canada License. The lesson plans with accompanying workbooks are also available separately:

Caring for your computer.

Liz Gillis and Ingrid Fehler. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session introducing adult students to maintaining a computer; also includes a lesson plan which provides an outline for practitioners to teach adult learners these skills. Skills include keeping a computer clean, protecting it from power surges, maintaining files and disk space, running systems maintenance and watching for common risks such as viruses. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Getting to know your computer.
Margaret Sutherland. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session introducing adult students to some specific skills related to getting started with a new computer; also includes a lesson plan which provides an outline for practitioners to teach adult learners these skills. Skills include knowing the parts of a computer, setting up a laptop, navigating and customizing the desktop, creating user accounts, how to use common computer software like Microsoft Word, and how to shut down a computer safely. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Introduction to computers: workbook 2011/2012.
Keri Russell and Margaret Sutherland. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session introducing adult students to computer basics, including the parts of a computer, how to use basic computer applications in Windows 7, typing and editing text, using specific keystrokes and using Word for specific applications. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL. Includes a lesson plan, with 12 lessons for practitioners on these topics. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Shopping safely online.
Liz Gillis and Ingrid Fehler. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session introducing adult students to some specific skills related to safe online shopping; also includes a lesson plan which provides an outline for practitioners to teach adult learners these skills, and PowerPoint slides which provide an outline for a 3 hour workshop on this topic. Skills include finding and researching products, navigating online seller flyers and websites, understanding payment and internet security, and how to deal with problems. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Using Facebook.
Joan Exley and Anne Cavicchi. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session teaching adult students to use the popular social media platform Facebook; also includes a lesson plan which provides an outline for practitioners to teach adult learners these skills. Topics include an explanation of what Facebook is, how it works, basic features, and basic tasks (like how to find and add friends, send messages or post content on your wall). Please note: The look and navigation of Facebook change frequently. This lesson plan may not apply to the most recent changes, but the functions and tasks will still apply. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Using Gmail.
Margaret Sutherland. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session teaching adults how to use Gmail, a popular e-mail service provided by Google; also includes a lesson plan which provides an outline for practitioners to teach adult learners these skills. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Using Skype.
Joan Exley and Anne Cavicchi. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session teaching adults how to use Skype, the popular software that allows users to make voice calls over the internet; also includes a lesson plan which provides an outline for practitioners to teach adult learners these skills. This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Working with photos.
Desneiges Profili. Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy: CBAL, 2012. Also available online: decoda.ca/adults/adult-literacy-resources/computer-literacy-workshops-and-lesson-plans/
» This workbook supports a 3 hour session teaching adults how to use photos in basic computer applications; also includes a lesson plan which provides an outline for practitioners to teach adult learners these skills.This is part of a series of field-tested workshops developed by CBAL.

Computer literacy resources for adult literacy learners. (online)
Revelstoke Adult Literacy Outreach Project, 2008. Available at http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/Assets/Regions/Shuswap+Revelstoke+Region/Images/Computer+Literacy+Resources+for+Adult+Literacy+Learners.pdf
Easy computer basics: Windows 7 edition: see it done, do it yourself.
Michael Miller. Indianapolis, Ind.: Que, 2010.

» A series of short, step-by-step lessons with concise text and colour illustrations that show what is happening on the computer screen. Designed to introduce beginners to basic information for Windows 7.

GCF LearnFree – computers. (Website)
Durham, NC: Goodwill Community Foundation, 1998-2011. Available at www.gcflearnfree.org/computers
» This website provides free computer tutorials on a range of computer topics, including computer basics, email, Microsoft Office, Windows, social media, Open Office, and Internet safety.

Learning computers, speaking English: cooperative activities for learning English and basic word processing.
Steve Quann & Diana Satin. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2007.
» Leads high-beginning and intermediate ESL students through cooperative computer-based activities that combine language learning with training in basic computer skills and word processing. While the operating system used may be outdated, the ideas can be adapted to other operating systems.

Log on and learn: a resource manual for adult literacy students and instructors.
Elissa Director & Jessica Tomkins. Literacy Volunteers of New Jersey, 2008. Also available online at lvnj.org/content/log-and-learn
» For Windows XP users, this manual contains basic information about using a computer as well as practical lessons designed for basic literacy and ESL students. Includes websites for online learning as well as worksheets. The lessons were created for students and instructors to use together or for students to use for additional practice. A print copy is available for borrowing from the library. A Windows Vista version is available online at http://lvnj.org/content/log-vista .

My parents get Windows 7 : a beginner guide for my parents, your parents and you!

Louise Latremouille. Delta, BC: KLMK Enterprises, 2010.
» An easy guide to Windows 7 with clear step-by-step instructions.

My parents went Mac!: an easy guide to using a Mac computer.
Louise Latremouille. Delta, BC: KLMK Enterprises, 2008.
» An easy guide to the basics of a Mac computer with clear step-by-step instructions. Includes setting up a Mac, using the Internet and Safari, email, and iTunes, iPod and iPhoto.

Welcome to computers for ESL students: 2nd ed.: Windows XP version.
Olivia Adendorff & Lois Wooden. El Sobrante, Calif.: Labyrinth Learning, 2009.
» Designed for ESL students with at least a low-intermediate reading proficiency, this textbook covers the basics of using a computer that runs Windows XP. Includes exercises and covers Word 2007 and file management. Conversation exercises add an ESL instruction element, otherwise a basic introduction to computer use for anyone.

Welcome to computers for ESL students: 2nd edition workbook.
Olivia Adendorff & Lois Wooden. El Sobrante, Calif.: Labyrinth Learning, 2009.
» For ESL students, this workbook includes grammar, vocabulary, and conversation exercises about computer use. This is a supplement to the student text, “Welcome to computers for ESL students, 2nd edition : Windows XP version”.

Welcome to computers for ESL students: 3rd edition.
Lois Wooden. El Sobrante, CA: Labyrinth Learning, 2012.
» Designed for ESL students with at least low-intermediate reading proficiency, this book introduces students to the beginning-level skills of using computers than run Windows 7. This edition includes coverage of World 2010 and Internet Explorer 9. Highly visual information combined with exercises on computer use are combined with conversation exercises to add an ESL instruction element.

Welcome to computers for ESL students: 3rd edition workbook.
Lois Wooden. El Sobrante, CA: Labyrinth Learning, 2012.
» For ESL students with at least a low intermediate reading proficiency, this workbook includes grammar, vocabulary and conversations exercises centred on the topic of computer use. This workbook accompanied the student text, “Welcome to computers for ESL students: 3rd edition”.

Windows 7 for seniors: quicksteps.
Marty Matthews. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2011.
» This book, written for seniors, provides clear, illustrated, step-by-step instructions for accomplishing most common tasks with Windows 7. Comments from seniors are included. “Shortcuts for accomplishing common tasks; personal insights from other seniors; need-to-know facts in concise narrative; helpful reminders or alternate ways of doing things; bonus information related to the topic being covered; errors and pitfalls to avoid”–P. [4] of cover.

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Digital Storytelling

Digital storytelling: capturing lives, creating community. 3rd ed.
Joe Lambert. Berkeley, Calif.: Digital Diner Press, 2009.
» This revised edition presents ways that digital media can facilitate storytelling. The author discusses theories of storytelling, including its social history and value, and why modern society has tended to devalue and challenge traditional storytelling.

Digital storytelling cookbook.
Joe Lambert. Berkeley, Calif.: Digital Diner Press, 2010.
» A practical guide to digital storytelling.

Digital storytelling guide for educators.
Midge Frazel. Eugene, OR : International Society for Technology in Education, 2010.
» This book offers an overview of digital storytelling and its variations, including e-portfolios, digital photo essays, and scrapblogs. It is designed to provide resources, ideas, and guidelines for the use of digital tools to create, produce, and deliver story and other content. It is written for all educators and lifelong learners interested in accessing resources for the production of several genres of digital storytelling.

Digital storytelling in the classroom: new media pathways to literacy, learning and creativity.
Jason Ohler. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2008.
» This book outlines a way of using digital technology to teach creative storytelling.

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Web 2.0, Social Media, Online Learning and Technology Tools

Adult basic education in the age of new literacies. New literacies and digital epistemologies, v. 43.
Erik Jacobson. New York: Peter Lang, 2012.
» This book looks at ways that adult basic education has been influenced by changes in technology, and what needs to happen for learners and teachers to take full advantage of newly developing resources. It begins with an examination of how digital technology may or may not be affecting the ways adult basic education students engage in learning, including research on the impact of technology use. It then reviews best practices for instruction that supports learners’ explorations of new literacies. It also looks at models of professional development for ABE instructors. How technology policy is reshaping the field of adult basic education is addressed along with the larger socioeconomic context for adult basic education.

Assessing online resources. (online)
Duncan Dixon. Trinity Western University, June 19, 2009 Approximately 5:11 minutes. Available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=eZ7NzTvIZLw&feature=related
» This video tutorial shows how to conduct a Google search and assess the results.

Assessment for learning: digital tools for effective practice.
Sally Betts & Alastair Clark. Leicester: NIACE, 2008.
» Practical advice on using digital tools (e.g. digital cameras, online quizzes, blogs and mobile phones) to identify where students are in their learning and what they need to do next. Shows how to use digital quizzes to assess learning, use tools like digital cameras and audio recorders to capture and record learning, and use tools such as blogs and video recorders to enable learners to reflect on their learning. Also a chapter on making e-portfolios for learners.

Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms. 3rd ed.
Will Richardson. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2010.
» While written for K-12 teachers, this book provides practical advice on using the Web for education. It includes how-to steps for teaching with blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, social bookmarking, online photo galleries, Facebook, MySpace and Twitter.

Bridging distance: promising practices in online learning in the Canadian literacy community.
Lynn Best, Joanne Kaattari, Deborah Morgan, Vicki Trottier & Diana Twiss. Canada:Getting Online Project, 2009. Also available online at www.en.copian.ca/gettingonline/goresources/bridgingdistance/bridgingdistance.pdf
» This resource offers information on current practices for effective development, delivery and use of online learning. It includes issues relevant to the online learner, topics in planning, developing and evaluating online content, a review of common technologies used for online learning, and the role of the facilitator.

Building online learning communities: effective strategies for the virtual classroom. 2nd ed.
Rena M. Palloff & Keith Pratt. San Francisco, Calif.: Jossey-Bass, 2007.
» This edition has been “completely updated and expanded to include the most current information on effective online course development and delivery. Palloff and Pratt share insights designed to guide readers, offering illustrative case studies, vignettes, and examples from a wide variety of successful online courses.”

Cloud computing: what is cloud computing and why is it important for adult literacy? (online)
Griff Richards, Rory McGreal & Brian Stewart. Toronto, ON: AlphaPlus, 2011. Available at alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/cloud-computing.html
» This report, commissioned by AlphaPlus, is organized around four questions:
• What is cloud computing and why is it important for adult literacy?
• What is the current state of adult literacy education in Canada and is a cohesive community possible?
• What is the current use of information technologies to support adult literacy?
• What might a cloud computing strategy for adult literacy look like and what are the challenges to realize such a vision?

Digital discoveries: guide to promising practices in online learning for adult literacy learners.
Vicki Trottier with support from Joanne Kaattari. Barrie, ON: Community Literacy of Ontario, 2011.
» This guide provides an extensive overview of promising practices and strategies for online learning in the classroom. “Digital Discoveries” also overviews popular digital learning technologies (including blogs, social networking, instructional websites, e-readers, cloud computing, podcasting and more). The guide includes an extensive annotated list of popular and useful digital learning resources

Digital literacy. (Website)
Northwest Territories Literacy Council, 2011- . Available at http://www.nwt.literacy.ca/digital_literacy.htm
» This website has bite-sized pieces of information on digital literacy including blogging, social networking, Internet safety, digital storytelling and evaluating websites. This is a good place to look for concise introductions to topics in digital literacy.

Dyslexia in the digital age: making IT work.
Ian Smythe. New York: Continuum International, 2010.
» Using technology to support dyslexic individuals is the topic of this book. It does not recommend specific software or hardware, but instead gives basic information to help individuals make informed choices.

E-learning for adults with learning difficulties.
Yola Jacobsen. Leicester: NIACE, 2007.
» This practical guide shows how to use technology in teaching and learning to help learners with learning disabilities have more control over their learning environment, increase motivation and involvement, support choice-making and communication skills, and learn skills for everyday life. Written with the needs of tutors in mind.

Empower English language learners with tools from the web.
Lori Langer de Ramirez. Thousand Oaks, Calif.: Corwin Press, 2010.
» This book looks at the use of blogs, wikis, podcasts, YouTube, TeacherTube, Flickr and VoiceThread in teaching English language learners.

Finding our way: digital technologies and e-learning for adult literacy students, educators and programs literature scan: 2005-2011.
Maria Moriarty. Toronto, ON: AlphaPlus, 2011. Also available at alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/finding-our-way.html
» This report is a literature review of material on the potential of digital technology and e-learning in education. It explores the latest thinking about integrating digital technology in education, implications on training and professional development for adult literacy educators, and opportunities and challenges that digital technology and e-learning present to the adult education sector. Findings from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand from 2005-2011 are included.

Getting online: the GO project: a research report on online learning for Canadian literacy practitioners.
Lynn Best et al. Canada: Getting Online Project, 2008. Also available at www.en.copian.ca/gettingonline/goreport/goreport.pdf
» This report provides an overview of trends and issues in online learning by literacy practitioners in Canada, as well as a more general review of online learning within government-sponsored programs, not-for-profit organizations and educational institutions. It includes: research methodology, current methods of delivering online learning, innovative approaches, online learning technologies, effective techniques for introducing online learning, differences between face-to-face and online learning, evaluation methods and results for online learning, and perceptions of future developments.

Going Google: powerful tools for 21st century learning.

Jared Covili. Thousand Oaks, California: Corwin Press, 2012.
» This book explores the array of Google tools available and shows how they can be used in the classroom to foster digital learning. The tools are organized by the skills they promote: communication, collaboration, creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and problem solving. It contains detailed examples of K to 12 classroom projects which may be adapted for use with adults.

Guide to effective technologies & tools for providing online staff development & training. (Online)

Joanne Kaatari. Barrie, ON: Community Literacy of Ontario, 2011.
Available at www.nald.ca/clo/resource/guide_to_online_staff_training.pdf
» This resource reviews popular technologies for delivering online training to staff, with examples of the technologies in practice. Provides links to online resources for more information. Technologies covered include blogs, conference resources, e-books, moodle, online accredited learning opportunities, online meetings and discussion groups, online presentations and slide sharing, online resources and tools, online videos, podcasts and mobile learning, social bookmarking, social networking, web-based training modules, webinars and web conferencing, and wikis and cloud computing.

Handheld technologies for mobile learning.
Di Dawson. Leicester: NIACE, 2007.
» Explores the potential of mobile phones, MP3 players and Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) for use in adult educational experiences.

Incorporating digital technologies in adult basic education: concepts, practices and recommendations.
Suzanne Smythe. Toronto, ON: AlphaPlus, 2012. Also available online at alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/incorporating-technologies-in-abe-2012.html
» Explores how digital technology is changing what it means to be literate in today’s world, and also covers the impact digital technology has on teaching and learning in Adult Basic Education (ABE) programs.

Investigating the language and literacy requirements for independent online learning. (Online resource)
Heidi Silver-Pacuilla. Washington, DC: National Institute for Literacy, 2008. Available at lincs.ed.gov/publications/pdf/NIFLOnlineLearningReport.pdf
» This study investigated the levels of literacy and language proficiency necessary for adult learners to use the Internet for independent learning. It found that the interaction among the learners’ skills, the opportunities they have, and the supports available were important factors, and that learners even at the lowest levels of proficiency can engage with online learning content.

Linking adult literacy and elearning: summary of findings from an ABC Canada research study on the use of elearning tools in adult literacy programs.
Kathryn Chang Barker. Toronto, Ont.: ABC Canada Literacy Foundation, 2005.
» This is a report of a two-year study looking at the relationship between adult literacy and eLearning practices in Canada in 2003 and 2004. The study takes an inventory of Canadian eLearning products and services; examines the extent of use of eLearning; and also looks at the effectiveness of eLearning approaches.

The new literacies: multiple perspectives on research and practice.
Edited by Elizabeth A. Baker. New York: Guilford Press, 2010.
» This collection of articles examines the impact of technology on literacy from a variety of perspectives – both how technology can be used to develop tradition literacy skills and what skills, strategies and practices are needed in contemporary life.

The nonprofit social media decision guide.
Kyle Andrei, Andrea Berry and Chris Bernard. Portland, ME: Idealware, 2011. Also available online at www.idealware.org/reports/nonprofit-social-media-decision-guide
This guide looks at what social media is, why it might be useful for a nonprofit organization, and how to choose an effective mix of social media. Includes a workbook with a step-by-step process for making decisions about social media.

Putting IT in adult LITeracy: tips and strategies for integrating computer and information technology into adult literacy programs. (online)
Ellen Long. Truro, NS: Literacy Nova Scotia, 2007. Available at www.en.copian.ca/library/learning//puttingit/puttingit.pdf
» This manual for adult learners includes both basic skills, such as word processing and email, and introductions to using the Internet, creating a website, online learning, and online banking and buying. It focuses on simple and practical approaches to make information technologies relevant.

Screens and pages: technology and reading for pleasure.
Sal McKeown, Mary Moss and Tracy Slawson. Leicester, UK: NIACE, 2009.
» This book looks at how technology can be used to support and encourage reading for pleasure. It introduces technology such as blogs, wikis, RSS feeds and social networking sites, and also shows how to use technology to make reading more accessible.

Social media for educators: strategies and best practices.
Tanya Joosten. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2012.
» This book includes case studies and practical strategies to help design learning activities within a course that will take advantage of social media. Administrators will also find information useful for planning programmatic implementations and faculty development programs for the use of social media. Although the practical uses shared focus on pedagogy in higher education, these uses can be generalized to other sectors.

Social media for trainers: techniques for enhancing and extending learning.
Jane Bozarth. San Francisco: Pfeiffer, 2010.
» How trainers can use social networking techniques to build learning communities, facilitate quick assignments, offer updates or follow-up, and extend the reach of a formal training event. Covers popular Web 2.0 tools for instructor-created content (blogs), community-created content (wikis), micro-blogging (Twitter, and community sharing and interaction(Facebook).

Social networking sites & adult literacy learning: raising the issues.
Donna M. Chovanec and Amy Meckelborg. Toronto, ON: AlphaPlus Centre, 2011. Also available online at alphaplus.ca/en/web-tools/online-publications-a-reportsgroup1/social-networking-sites-and-adult-literacy-learning.html
» This paper explores how educators and adult learners might harness the full potential of Social Networking Sites (SNS) and other social media in the service of adult literacy teaching and learning. Acknowledging that informal literacy learning is occurring in the process of using SNS, the paper addresses various factors that influence literacy learners’ use of these sites such as 21st Century skills, social and civic engagement, marginalization, the digital divide, and digital citizenship. Noting the ubiquity of digital technologies in today’s society, the authors argue that literacy programs have an important role in helping adult literacy learners keep pace with others in society. However, the paper also raises important issues that will need to be addressed if SNS are to be incorporated into literacy programs.

Spotlight on technology in education.

Edited by Nancy Walser. Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard Education Press, 2011.
» This collection of articles covers trends in the use of computers and other devices for classroom teaching, online learning, professional development, school improvement, and student assessment.

Supporting adult learners with dyslexia: harnessing the power of technology.
Sally McKeowen. Leicester: NIACE, 2006.
» Written for tutors, this small book is packed with practical advice and tips on using technology to enhance learning for those with dyslexia.

Teaching the iGeneration: 5 easy ways to introduce essential skills with web 2.0 tools.

William M. Ferriter, Adam Garry. Bloomington, IN: Solution Tree Press, 2010.
» This book demonstrates ways to use technology to teach students information fluency, persuasion, communication, collaboration and problem solving. With one chapter for each skill, the book details digital solutions that can enhance traditional skill-based instruction, offers teaching tips, and presents sample projects with support materials. Includes handouts to support the suggested activities. Tools introduced include blogs, wikis, content aggregators, asynchronous discussion forums, web conferencing software, video editing applications, and social bookmarking and annotation tools.

The technology toolbelt for teaching. 1st ed.
Susan Manning & Kevin E. Johnson. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2011.
» This resource reviews different technologies and explain how they can be used most effective in education. In addition to examples, each chapter features a decision making matrix to help instructors decide on whether or not a tool is really needed based on educational needs.

Web 2.0 how-to for educators.
Gwen Solomon. Eugene, Or.: International Society for Technology in Education, 2010.
» Exploring current online collaborative tools (including blogs, wikis, and social networking) and Web 2.0 applications (including Skype, Google, Wordle), this book describes what the tool is, when it should be used, why it is useful, who is using it, how you can use the tool, and where you can find additional resources.

Wired for learning: an educator’s guide to web. 2.0.
Edited by Terry T. Kidd & Irene L. Chen. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing, 2009.
» This book contains a series of articles about using Web 2.0 technology including podcasts, digital stories, virtual reality and wikis in teaching. It is not a collection of activities using Web 2.0 technology, but a more academic approach, including research and issues, that could be useful in planning.

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