Education Professor Kathleen King To Show How Web-Based Tools Engage and Empower Students

Digital Resources Will Be Demonstrated At FETC Session

Jan 07, 2010, 11:06 ET from McGraw-Hill Education

NEW YORK, Jan. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- If you're attending the Florida Educational Technology Conference (FETC) and want to know how web-based technology can be used in the classroom to engage today's digital natives, cultivate high level critical thinking and drive student achievement, then Dr. Kathleen King's Jan. 14 session is for you.

Dr. King is a professor of education at Fordham University's Graduate School of Education in New York City and president of Transformation Education LLC. Her session, "Leveraging Web 2.0 Tools: Literacy Skills, Oral History and Voice!" provides examples of ways social media such as podcasts and blogs can support project-based learning and help existing curricula to engage students more effectively.

"Perhaps the greatest benefit of Web 2.0 tools in the classroom is how they empower students to be creators, not just spectators," Dr. King said. "A phrase I often use is 'out of the stands and onto the field.' By incorporating more digital resources into the classroom, teachers can help students become active learners."

Dr. King demonstrates how digital resources from McGraw-Hill Education can support 21st Century learning, including:

  • CINCH Project - a collection of Web 2.0 tools for collaborative learning projects, features a community-based Web site where teachers and students create digital profiles and participate in group inquiry opportunities all in a safe and secure Web environment.
  • Imagine It! - a PreK-6 research-based reading and language arts curriculum fully integrated with an online classroom management system and digital student tools, known as the eSuite.
  • Treasures - a research-based, comprehensive reading and language arts program for Grades PreK-6 that gives educators the resources they need to help all students succeed. A robust digital component offers tools for students and teachers online and via DVD and CD-ROM.

About FETC

FETC, a division of 1105 Media Inc., is one of the largest, most successful conferences in the United States devoted to educational technology. The conference program is designed so educators and administrators have an opportunity to learn how to integrate different technologies across the curriculum - from Kindergarten to college - while being exposed to the latest hardware, software and successful strategies on student technology use. FETC is designed for teachers, principals and deans, district administrators, curriculum designers, media specialists, technology directors and various other educators. For more information, visit

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