Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies
by Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Price at time of review: $36.95
161 pp.
Routledge Taylor & Francis Group
New York, NY
ISBN: 9780415899390

Grade Level: College

Reviewed by Marc Zucker
Assistant Professor

Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies is the latest volume in the ongoing series Best Practices in Online Teaching and Learning. For many teachers bred in lecture–style, classroom structured teaching, making the transition to technological–based teaching might be daunting to say the least.

There are many questions that need to be answered for many teachers to take what appears to be a leap of faith. With all of these anxiety–filled questions in mind, Michelle Pacansky–Brock has written a much needed handbook. I call it a handbook, though it is definitely not marketed or structured as such, because for many that is what it might become. Starting with her own personal journey through infusion in teaching technologically, Michelle moves through the practicalities of teaching with emerging technologies to the actual tools that you might use in your classroom. The intricacies are not lost throughout. Besides the details of how to use and implement much of the technology discussed, broader problems such as student privacy, security, and copyright issues are covered. There are pictures throughout (in black–and–white), mainly showing what a given screen or technology might look like. For each of the websites listed (and there are many that are discussed throughout), links are given and a detailed overview of what is presented there and how you might use it actively with your classroom, or what it is more often referred to, a learning community.

There is more than enough information for the curious professor to glean something from here, whether technological or philosophical as this paradigm shift continues. For some this might be an excellent resource of continued information, for others a look at how people are approaching this ever changing landscape. And yet for others it might be a way to connect with a generation they find getting ever more distant, while searching for new ways to generate success. No matter which of these you might find yourself identifying with, there is sure to be something here you'll find intriguing and useful. Something you'll be able to grab hold of and call your own.

Review posted on 7/21/2014

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