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Primary Source Teaching the Web 2.0 Way, K-12

I just realized that over the past couple of years, I’ve made a handful of veiled references to a book that I was writing, but I’ve never actually posted a photo of the cover or a description of the contents. Guess I’m not a tooter of my own horn. Then there’s the fact that when you finally reach the end of the grueling process of book writing, it’s hard to drum up enough enthusiasm for the marketing piece. Life moves on.

But I DID write a book! It’s called Primary Source Teaching the Web 2.0 Way, K-12.

At first, I planned to write a book that featured primary sources by category–text, historic newspapers, photos and other images, maps, sound and movie files, and artifacts and ephemera. While working with that idea, the world of Web 2.0 began to take over my writing and my life. Soon, the book had morphed into a presentation of ideas for teaching with primary sources using the latest online tools.

I soon discovered that Web 2.0 tools and online primary sources made an excellent match. Primary sources are all about critical thinking, and Web 2.0 tools support the kind of interactivity and feedback that pushes critical thinking far beyond mere presentation of primary source analysis.

In choosing my audience, I recognized that many fine educators would like to incorporate Web 2.0 ideas into their practice, but they need support and encouragement. In other words, not everyone is an “early adopter” of new technologies. Given the speed of changes in the field, these educators often feel completely overwhelmed. I wanted my book to give them the courage to try Web 2.0 ideas and the content to feed their students’ learning.

Apparently my book is meeting a need. In the two conferences I’ve attended this fall (Encyclo-Media in Oklahoma City and the national conference of the American Association of School Librarians in Charlotte), the book has sold out each day. I’m sure it’s really difficult for publishers to gauge the necessary number of copies to keep the shelves stocked, but I’m sad that some educators never had a chance to consider buying a copy…especially when they could have gotten a discount for conference attendance.

So just in case you’d still like a copy, I’ll put all the important information below along with a link to the publisher. More than anything, I welcome your feedback, reactions, complaints, criticism, praise, and whatever else you’d like to say about Primary Source Teaching the Web 2.0 Way, K12.

Here’s the cover, followed by contact info and the blurb from the back of the book:

Book Cover

To Order:


130 Cremona Drive

Santa Barbara, CA93117

Call 1-800-368-6868

Online: Linworth Publishing, Inc.

Orders by email: mailto:[email protected]

Customer Service Hours: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PST

Primary Source Teaching the Web 2.0 Way K-12 helps teachers, librarians, and technologists apply 21st century strategies at every level and in every content area!


    A comprehensive listing of popular Web 2.0 tools.

    An extensive state-by-state bibliography of primary source collections online.

    A sample permission letter to parents to introduce a 21st century primary source unit.

    In-depth chapters on six different primary source categories.

    Primary source analysis tools for each category.

    Six “Web 2.0 Focus” sections offering how-to-get-started advice and primary source teaching ideas: Blogs, Citizen Journalism, Flickr, Podcasting, VoiceThread, and Digital Storytelling.


Technology alone does not guarantee a quality learning experience, but now is a perfect time to challenge existing 20th century structures and exploit the transformative potential of tags, comments, interactivity, collaboration, and other powerful features of Web 2.0 in the primary source classroom. This book shows you how!


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