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Teaching the Last Backpack Generation

  • Title:Teaching the Last Backpack Generation: A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators
  • Author:Zachary Walker, Kara Rosenblatt, Donald McMahon
  • Publication Date:September 2015
  • Grade Level:9-12
  • ISBN:9781506321523
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Let mobile devices transform teaching and learning

Don’t just know how to use mobile technology. Know how to use it to transform learning. This refreshingly easy-to-use workbook shows educators how to make mobile devices a natural part of their classrooms by optimizing technology, no matter what the content. Discover:

  • Practical mobile device management skills such as how to project and use devices as a whiteboard and tools to capture student responses.
  • Fun strategies students will love such as teaching vocabulary using text speak and slang or using a digital assistant (like Siri) instead of writing.
  • Helpful resources to enhance professional learning.
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Author Bio

Dr. Zachary Walker was named an Emerging Scholar by the Think College (2012), a Millennium Milestone Maker by the World Academy of Women (2015), and was awarded the John Cheung Award for the Innovative use of Social Media in Teaching and Learning (2015). He offers fun, energetic keynotes and seminars on practical uses of mobile technology in classrooms, questions every educator should ask, and international educational policy. Zachary asks tough questions, provides inspirational answers, and works with his audiences to design material that is practical and relevant.

Kara Rosenblatt is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin. Dr. Rosenblatt obtained her master’s degree in Special Education, Learning Disabilities, and Behavior Disorders in 2001 from Florida State University and her doctoral degree in Exceptional Education in 2009 from the University of Central Florida. In her current role, Dr. Rosenblatt teaches undergraduate and graduate level special education courses. In addition to her teaching experience in higher education, Dr. Rosenblatt has experience working within state agencies, collaborating with special education personnel and agencies to coordinate training and delivery of services focused on improving the use of assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and virtual instruction and assessment. Dr. Rosenblatt’s research interests revolve around technology and learning, with a specific interest in the academic achievement and post high school outcomes of students with disabilities and the use of technology in teacher preparation and professional development. She has facilitated and evaluated professional development projects on the implementation of research-based strategies, parent school collaboration and the legal aspects of special education throughout Florida and Mississippi. She spent five years working with middle school students with behavioral and learning disabilities in Florida and Maryland.

Don McMahon is an Assistant Professor of Special Education Technology at Washington State University in Pullman, WA. Don received his Doctorate in Education from the Special Education Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. In addition to his doctoral work, Don attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Universal Design for Learning Summer Institute. His research involves increasing the use of Universal Design for Leaning principles in education, using mobile devices to increase achievement for students with disabilities, and exploring the impact of augmented reality as an assistive technology for students with disabilities. Don was a special education teacher for 7 years and then became an instructional coach for general education and special education teachers. Don is a national presenter providing professional development sessions for both general educators and special educators on using mobile devices in education. He has worked with diverse groups of children as the director of an adventure based summer camp, outdoor educator and sailing instructor, volunteer in Haiti, technology instructor, and teacher at an alternative school.

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