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

by Scott McLeod , Chris Lehmann

Number of pages: 224

Publisher: Jossey-Bass

BBB Library: Education, Technology and Globalization

ISBN: 978-1118022245

About the Authors

Scott McLeod : Scott is an associate professor of educational leadership at the University


Chris Lehmann : Chris is the founding principal of the Science Leadership academy in


Editorial Review

There is near-universal agreement that schools must find ways to transform older teaching practices in order to harness the tools that students have at their disposal today. This book introduces you to many of the most useful tools and concepts for an education setting so that you can decide, along with teachers and students and parents, which ones make the most sense for your school. Whether it is the expansion of social networking technologies, the power of digital media creation tools, or the ability to publish to the world instantly, our students and teachers have access to more information than ever before. We all now have the unprecedented ability to create powerful artifacts of learning. It is an exciting time to be a teacher and a learner.

Book Reviews

"What School Leaders Need to Know About Digital Technologies and Social Media reveals the power of information technology and social networks in the classroom and throughout the education community." - Wiley

"It is a small book that provides big answers to both administrators and teacher leaders wanting to see what possibilities digital technologies and social media offers the educator and school leader of the 21st century." - The 21ST Century Principle

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