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About Billy Krakower
Billy Krakower is the Computer Technology Instructor, Gifted & Talented and STEAM Lab Teacher for grades three and four at Beatrice Gilmore Elementary School in the Woodland Park Public School District. For the past nine years he has served as: Special Education Teacher, an Inclusion and Resource Room Teacher. He enjoys preparing his students for the 21st century by teaching them how to use web 2.0 tools such as: Edmodo, Skype, Google Hangouts, Google Docs, and Social Media.
Billy is part of ASCD's 2014 Emerging Leaders Class, a Google Educator and a Microsoft Office Specialist. Billy has published two books Connecting Your Students with The World and Using Technology to Engage Students with Disabilities. He has presented on such topics as Connecting Beyond the Classroom, Twitter & You, Tech Tools to use for the PARCC, Google Hangouts, Edmodo and The Science Behind a Mystery Location Call. Follow Billy on Twitter @wkrakower or visit his website at www.billykrakower.com.
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Make the most of today’s technology to give your students a more interactive, authentic, global learning experience! Connecting Your Students with the Virtual World shows you how to plan themed projects for every season, embark on virtual field trips, and get students in touch with other classrooms worldwide. This updated edition includes a key new chapter on taking video conferencing to the next level for optimal student engagement and collaboration, as well as new chapters on connecting through games and esports and connecting with parents. The book includes a wide variety of standards-based, step-by-step activities you can implement immediately.
Learn effective ways to teach STEAM with this helpful book from educational technology experts Billy Krakower and Meredith Martin. Whether you have a dedicated STEAM class, or plan to integrate it into a regular classroom, you’ll find out how to create a structured learning environment while still leaving room for inquiry and innovation. You’ll also gain a variety of hands-on activities and rubrics you can use immediately.
- the differences among STEM, STEAM, and makerspaces
- planning your STEAM space
- stocking your space with the right supplies
- planning for instruction and managing class time
- incorporating the core subjects
- aligning lessons with standards and assessments
- getting the administration and community involved
- taking your class to the next level with design thinking.
With this practical book, you’ll have all the tools you’ll need to create a STEAM-friendly learning space starting now.
Continue the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #GSwSTEAM!
"Google It" means more than you think
What if you could leverage the full potential of Google for Education? Google Classroom, Google Docs, and Google Apps are changing how we teach, learn and lead, and now more than ever, teachers, principals and district administrators must understand the power and role of Google in their spaces.
Google Apps for Education has something for everyone
G Suite -- Google Drive, Apps, Docs, Gmail, and all Google Tools -- is changing the landscape of progressive, technology-driven schools at a rapid pace that can be daunting. Google gurus Brad Currie, Billy Krakower, and Scott Rocco slow the pace and simplify the jargon with their all-in-one blueprint for everything you need to know about Google and how to use it at the classroom, school and district levels.
If you could do more with Google than search, what would it be?
Would you use Google Hangouts to connect students to cultures around the world? Would you finally achieve a paperless workflow with Classroom? Would you inform and engage stakeholders district wide through Blogger? Now, you can say Yes to all of these, because Currie, Krakower, and Rocco remove the limits in Hacking Google for Education, giving you 99 Hacks in 33 chapters, covering Google in a unique way that benefits all stakeholders.
Learn Powerful Google Tips and Tools you may have never heard of
- Google Forms
- Chrome Browser Insights
- Google Cardboard
- Google Maps
- YouTube Insights
- Google Translate
- and many more Google Apps for Education and G Suite strategies
The Formula makes it easy
The 11th book in the Hack Learning Series, Hacking Google for Education provides What You Can Do Tomorrow answers for every question you have about leveraging the power of Google tools for your classroom, school and district.
Read Today ... Google Tomorrow
Grab your copy today, and start Hacking Google for Education.
Leverage technology to engage students with learning disabilities!
Harness the power of today’s technology to improve learning and engagement for students with learning disabilities. By engaging students with learning disabilities using the technology already at your fingertips, you’ll see your students begin to thrive and grow in exciting new ways. In this volume in the Connected Educators Series, you’ll discover:
- New ideas for using assistive technology to teach core subjects and study skills
- How to build positive opportunities for students to show what they know
- Tools to provide better content accessibility
- How to help students connect and share through technology tools
The Corwin Connected Educators series is your key to unlocking the greatest resource available to all educators: other educators. Being a Connected Educator is more than a set of actions: it’s a belief in the potential of technology to fuel lifelong learning. To explore the other books in this series, visit the Corwin Connected Educators website.
Check out the Connected Educator Series matrix to find out which book is right for you.
"Every educator can implement these methodologies to transform their learning environment into a place that honors and respects the differences of EVERY learner. Follow these simple steps: Read the book. Employ the content. Observe the successes. Then share those achievements with others!"
Christopher R. Bugaj, Author and Presenter
The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools
"The authors have produced a practical approach to engaging students with learning disabilities. Educators will find great tools, ideas, and strategies to support students with learning challenges. Sprinkled throughout the book are case studies from noted educators, which are useful when thinking through the process of integrating technology in the classroom. This is a must read!"
Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D.