From Fear to Facebook: One School’s Journey

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"From Fear to Facebook is an insider's view of the journey from peril to possibility with digital media in school communities. Matt Levinson gives a clear picture of how communities need to work together to create safe, innovative opportunities for kids to learn with digital media. From Fear to Facebook tells the story of the cultural shift happening in schools with technology and provides a road map for how to navigate this sea change with buy-in from all key stakeholders. The stories [Levinson] shares are grounded in the day-to-day challenges and opportunities that accompany digital media. From Fear to Facebook should be required reading for schools looking to figure out how to optimize technology to enhance teaching and learning."

-Jim Steyer, CEO and Founder, Common Sense Media

"Matt Levinson has written a stimulating, provocative book about the educational opportunities and challenges posed by the new digital media."

-Howard Gardner

In 2007 Matt Levinson moved from New Jersey to California to start a 1-to-1 laptop program at the Nueva School, confident that his knowledge of technology would help him accomplish this goal. He never imagined the challenges he and Nueva would face. So that other schools and educators can learn from Nueva's lessons, Levinson shares his experience integrating a laptop program and how teachers, students, and parents discovered, dealt with, and overcame challenges. Honesty and insightful anecdotes make this an indispensible guide for everyone looking for a path away from fear and into the future of education.

Product Details

  • File Size: 362 KB
  • Print Length: 145 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) (November 10, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 10, 2010
  • Sold by:  Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BLK9XC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • X-Ray: Not Enabled
  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

Customer Reviews

A great guide for parents and schools

 on September 19, 2010
Buy this book if you want to expand your appreciation of the real challenges and opportunities facing schools, teachers, students and parents as technology continues to surround us. Buy another and consider giving it to your child’s teacher. This book is full of stories about how a school in Northern California found itself looking for solutions to the very problems about technology and education most schools and parents will soon encounter (if they haven’t already). Read it once through to absorb the stories, but keep it close by to reference the practical takeaways (nicely summarized in the final chapter).

Technical help

 on November 19, 2010
By Katherine McCaughan, author of 'Natasha Lands Down Under'
Technology in schools is advancing at a rapid rate and kids are already way ahead of parents and teachers. This book gives the kind of practical advice to schools, teachers and parents that will aid them in guiding their kids to use computers to help, not hinder, their education. We can all learn from the experience of Nueva school, and Matt Levinson makes the learning fun. A great book for a ‘blinkers-free’ look at the future of education.

Must read for educators considering the impact of technology

 on September 26, 2010
By gbs
From Fear to Facebook tells us that schools must embrace technology, and in doing so come to terms with the digital divide that separates children from adults. Levinson’s book delivers this message by telling the story of his school’s journey, and the story is fascinating. His witty anecdotes should help to calm any educator who is jittery about the challenge of introducing technology (in this case, a 1:1 laptop program) at school. It’s a terrific read, as well as an informative guide.

This was a great book! I loved hearing the struggles and for …

 on March 17, 2016
By Amazon Customer
This was a great book! I loved hearing the struggles and for school that is going to a one to one laptop program it would be a good idea to read first.

Very helpful

 on October 5, 2014
By Craig – Hungary
This book came at the perfect time for us – months before a 1:1 program. We saved ourselves lots of heartache by taking the advice offered here and letting the students design their own responsible AUP.

A great book!

 on September 9, 2010
By Lisa H.
A great book for all parents and educators interested in education and technology. Well written and extremely accessible, this book lays out the challenges and opportunities for students and schools in the digital age. Levinson uses real life experiences as a teacher, administrator, and parent to illustrate his points.

Great read for motivated educators

 on July 30, 2012
By Mrswalker
This book gives great inspiration to those educators entering the fearful digital age of education! Excellent!! Highly recommend to all motivated educators wanting to incorporate new digital tools in the classroom!

From Fear to Facebook

 on October 6, 2010
By C. Powers
This book is a must read for all educators, schools, parents, teachers and teacher training programs. It is extremely well written and the topic is very timely.

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