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What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media



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Educational technology experts explain how to best integrate technology into K-12 schools, from blogs, wikis and podcasts to online learning, open-source courseware, and educational gaming to social networking, online mind-mapping, and using mobile phones.

Author Biography

Scott McLeod is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky. McLeod created the first graduate program built specifically to prepare tech-savvy school leaders at the University of Minnesota. A recognized expert on K-12 school technology leadership issues, McLeod works with corporate and non-profit institutions to move schools into the 21st century. McLeod also serves as the founding director of the UCEA Center for the Advanced Study of Technology Leadership in Education (CASTLE) and writes the popular education blog, Dangerously Irrelevant (

Chris Lehmann is the founding principal of the Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. This groundbreaking school, which integrates technology throughout classrooms and administration, has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School and was named one of the "Ten Most Amazing Schools" in Ladies Home Journal. Lehmann was named one of the "30 Most Influential People in EdTech" by Tech & Learning magazine in June 2010 and has received several other distinctions and awards throughout his career. He is a regular speaker and the author of the Practical Theory blog (
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Table of Contents

Forewordp. vii
Introductionp. 1
Blogsp. 3
Wikisp. 13
Podcasts and Webinarsp. 25
RSS and RSS Readersp. 37
Digital Videop. 45
Virtual Schoolingp. 53
Interlude: Social Media Is Changing the Way We Live and Learnp. 67
One-to-One Computingp. 75
Free and Open Source Softwarep. 83
Educational Gamingp. 93
Social Bookmarkingp. 101
Online Mind Mappingp. 107
Course Management Systemsp. 117
Interlude: See Sally Research: Evolving Notions of Information Literacyp. 123
Online Tool Suitesp. 137
Twitterp. 147
Online Images and Visual Literacyp. 153
Mobile Phones and Mobile Learningp. 159
Social Networkingp. 173
Afterwordp. 183
About the Editorsp. 189
About the Contributorsp. 191
Indexp. 203
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