Yay! I wrote this one cos I needed it myself and I had lots of info in my head that I just needed to get out. It’ll be available later in the year, published by Sage. Not too shabby.
Bits of the blurb/preface say something like this:
“The book aims to bring together the information you need to safely, knowledgeably, and creatively integrate social media into your teaching practice. It aims to provide novices with a place to start, those who are unsure with some confidence, and the already-adept with, potentially, a more nuanced and in-depth understanding of all that makes up successful social media use in education.
It covers everything from theory and pedagogy, to everyday practice; it describes the ‘big stuff’ of blogs, wikis, social networks, and podcasting – and how those things can support longer-term classroom projects – and it details the ‘small stuff’ that can give you quick classroom wins, such as instant messaging, clippings, Twitter, mindmapping, and document sharing. But, just as importantly, an entire set of chapters is devoted to discussing the socio-cultural contexts of social media: digital literacy, ‘digital natives’, digital participation, and the ‘digital divide’ are all explored in relation to you and your students. Finally, matters relating to online risk and in-class practicalities are presented, as a way of helping you through the intricate ground of copyright, privacy and confidentiality, Terms of Service, content distribution, bandwidth quotas, backups, data control and security, and more.”
It’s this last stuff that I think is particularly important — and it’s what makes this book a bit different, imo. I’ll let you know when it’s out.