School’s out for summer – which means more time to catch up on that foot-tall stack of books on your nightstand! Or better yet, that long list of downloads on your favorite reading device! Just in case you’ve been too busy to begin a summer reading list of your own, we’ve gone ahead and gotten you started with a few book & blog suggestions to kick your summer off right.
Social Media for Educators – Tanya Joosten
Understandably, the majority of the conversation on the functionality and utility of social media in education has been online. If you haven’t read what author Tanya Joosten has to say about online learning – definitely check out her blog and you’ll instantly recognize why this book is a must-read examination of the best strategies for integrating social media and technology into your lesson plans. This detailed, thorough, yet totally approachable book will get you excited to strategize for next fall.
The Muses Go To School – Herbert Kohl and Tom Oppenheim
Encouraging creative approaches to conveying information is a huge part of tailoring your classroom to active learners, but without that inspirational artistic spark many students will remain unengaged. In The Muses Go To School, Herbert Kohl and Tom Oppenheim have curated an elegant mixture of interviews with artists and commentary by educational scholars that examines the merits of placing a dynamic arts based philosophy at the center of your curriculum. This energetic read is sure to get you thinking about innovative ways to incorporate the arts into a social learning atmosphere in your classroom.
If you are in need of a dose of the big picture impact of technology, digital interactions and their impact on society as a whole you need look no further than Here Comes Everybody. This clear and incisively written book looks at how the internet is shaping the way we approach basic communication and how technology has begun to inform our group problem solving strategies. Clay Shirky’s expertise lies in interactive communications – and while he does not directly address the implications of these changes in the classroom – it’s easy to see how these lessons can be applied to the classroom.
Empowering Online Learning: 100+ Activities for Reading, Reflecting, Displaying and Doing – Curtis J. Bonk and Ke Zhang
Many of you know that we just concluded our first open course (MOOC) with Dr. Curtis Bonk, where he shared his theories, ideas and experiences about online teaching and learning concepts with over 3,900 educators. If you’re looking for additional insight and resources from Dr. Bonk or are just learning about the R2D2 (read, reflect, display and do) model for the first time, I highly recommend picking up his latest book before the start of the 2012-13 school year.
A Principal’s Reflections – Eric Sheninger
As the Principal of New Milford High School in New Jersey, Eric Sheninger has a unique on the ground perspective of learning and technology in the classroom. In addition to his personal blog – A Principal’s Reflections – which highlights his thoughts and observations on student-centered learning he also writes for the Huffington Post on various aspects of education. Be sure to catch him at BbWorld 2012 where he’ll be speaking on his favorite subject – social learning.
What else do you think should be on every teacher’s reading list this summer?