This morning, I started thinking of possibly writing a book. I’ve started novels in the past, but they always withered around the 100 page mark. I’ve realized that my skill with writing does not primarily lie with fiction; while this is initially disappointing as a librarian, I feel that I am really beginning to find my niche as an educational writer. This blog and Twitter are good preparation for writing something on a bigger scale. I’m considering writing a book on how to effectively integrate technology across content areas and grade levels. It will be directed towards those that are not yet completely comfortable with using technology in the classroom. I will provide fully developed lesson plans for several different grade levels and content areas to show how tools presented can be utilized. I will also post each chapter as it is written with supplementary content here, for free. Let me repeat, while I will try to get the book published, anything I write to help teachers will always be posted online for free. As an open-source advocate, I know no other way.
Here is my preliminary list of chapter ideas.
How to Use Technology to Become a Better Teacher
1 ) Build a Personal Learning Network (Google Reader, Twitter, Social Bookmarking)
2 ) Using Technology to Help Accomplish Educational Objectives
3 ) Using Web 2.0 to increase interactivity and engagement
4 ) Use a CMS (Moodle) to extend the classroom
5 ) Harness the power of social networking (Twitter, Edmodo, Facebook, etc…)
6 ) Tools to increase collaboration (Etherpad, Google Docs,
7 ) Tools to increase communication (Google Calendar, Google Forms, Poll Everywhere, etc…)
8 ) Digital Storytelling (Voicethread, Animoto, Kerpoof, etc…)
9 ) Blogs and Wikis
10 ) Podcasting
11 ) iPods (and pads) in Education
What would you add or take away? How would you approach writing to those who are not comfortable with technology? I would really appreciate it if you could leave a comment and/or fill out the Google Form below. I always depend on my PLN for help. I hope to give back in any way that I can, but if the PLN does not find this to be a worthy project, then I may wait for more inspiration.