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Books

What administrators are reading this month.

February 2009
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Toys to Tools
Connecting Student Cell Phones to Education

Liz Kolb; ISTE

While the debate continues over whether or not to allow cell phones in the classroom, the author makes the case that kids are using them anyway, so why not take advantage of them? She shares numerous ways to do just that, as well as free websites that allow students to download communication applications to their phones. Kolb notes the problems along with the benefits of uploading podcasts, images, and text at school and at home. For those students who don’t have cell phones, land lines can be used, or, in many cases, a group of students can share one cell phone. Kolb also guides educators through the permissions needed to try these methods.

So Now You’re the Superintendent!
John Eller and Howard C. Carlson; Corwin

If you’re a superintendent in need of a blueprint or a companion to turn to for guidance, this is the book. It shares how to keep your