Review of Teaching Generation Text by Nielsen and Webb

I selected this book from a recent Amazon Vine offering because our local school district has gone to one-to-one computing and I was Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning (Jossey-Bass Teacher)interested in what Lisa Nielsen and Willyn Webb, the latter a consultant to New York City schools and an on-line instructor at Touro College in New York and the former a former teacher, school administrator, counselor and professor at Colorado Mesa University, had to say about cell phone technology and its use in the classroom.

Part of a series from Jossey-Bass for grades 5 through 12 teachers, <i>Teaching Generation Text: Using Cell Phones to Enhance Learning,</i> focuses on how cell phones can become a positive learning tool in the classroom. And while this book is written for teachers, I, as a parent, found it to be of value in understanding all the possibilities via numerous web-based resources such as Twitter, Google Voice, Flickr, and ChaCha as Nielsen and Webb offer throughout the book lesson plans and tips from teachers who are utilizing cell phone for technology.

But what I was interested in more than anything else was the why and how of implementation. I believe that computer based instruction, and its successors in the years ahead, <i>is</i> the way learning will be done in the years ahead. But what is of concern to me is that there is a careful groundwork of trust that is laid as the process unfolds. The authors are aware of this and continuously reinforce this important aspect of this part of their argument.

I liked this book as it demonstrated ways to use a tool, the cell phone, in an engaging way. But as a parent I think that the groundwork to build buy-in that must be done is a critical part of the process in any technological engagement that includes students of varied background and abilities. And I think that a book outlining a school’s process would be an ideal way to help parents, administrators, and students who are implementing it.

Note: I received a copy of this book via the Amazon Vine Review program in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.

 

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