Summer Reading

I plan to do a lot of reading this summer! I think we sometimes overlook the act of reading and reflecting as being a powerful part of our teaching professional development. I thought that since many teachers are looking the end of the school year directly in the face that I would provide a little insight into what a tech savvy pedagogue might have on his nightstand. If you have any suggestions as to what order I should begin with or maybe a top three to start with, please leave suggestions in the comments section.


A green ** next to a name means that the person (whether they are aware or not) is part of my PLN on twitter and/or Google+.

The Curiosity Cycle: Preparing Your Child for the Ongoing Technological Explosion by Jonathan Mugan (2012) – “To get the most from their curiosity, children must build models about the interactions of those around them and the tendencies within themselves.”

The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don’t Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need–and What we can do About it by Tony Wagner** (2008) “The skills needed to be a successful knowledge worker today continue to evolve and grow in importance everywhere – except in our schools.”

Boys Should Be Boys: 7 Secrets to Raising Healthy Sons by Meg Meeker, M.D. (2008) author of Strong Fathers, Strong Daughters – “Contrary to popular belief, boys are not born to rebel against their parents at any age. To a very large degree, this boy-hating-his-parents phenomenon has been contrived by popular media with the aid of some psychologists.”

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us by Seth Godin ** (2008) – “This book weaves together a few big ideas, which taken together, form and irresistible argument. With tribes flourishing everywhere, there’s a vast shortage of leaders. We need you.”

One Minute Super Dad: 99 One-Minute Magic Moments You can Easily Create to Raise Amazing Children and Future Proofing Them by Dr. Prashant Jindal M.D. ( 2013 Kindle Edition) – “There are certain questions you can ask your child to help you both discover your gifts and talents. This way you will be able to provide relevant experiences and encouragement along the way.”

Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning by Kristen Swanson ** (2013) – “With beginner-friendly instructions and examples from real schools, Swanson provides digital tools, learner-centered strategies, and exciting resources to help you improve your professional practice and become a lifelong learner.”

Teach Like a Pirate: Increase Student Engagement, Boost Your Creativity, and Transform Your Life as an Educator by Dave Burgess ** (2012) – “Like pirating, teaching is an adventure full of challenges and excitement. The way you approach your adventure can mean the difference between being shipwrecked on Burnout Island or finding buried treasure.”

Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time by Julie Lindsay ** and Vicki Davis ** (2013) – “We believe effective use of technology can build bridges between classrooms, nations, and humankind, and that 21st century skills harness not only the power of technology but the power of the people. We need this connection for the future of our planet. It is no longer an option. Students are the greatest textbook ever written for one another and will be travelers on this bridge.”

A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change by Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown (2011) – “Blogs are a medium for learning, but they do not teach. Rather, they generate the space for a collective to emerge. It is impossible to predict what that collective will look like, and once it forms, equally difficult to manage it in any traditional way.”

Reality Is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal ** (2011) – “Instead of providing gamers with better and more immersive alternatives to reality, I want all of us to be responsible for providing the world at large with a better and more immersive reality. I want gaming to be something everybody does, because they understand that games can be a real solution to problems and a real source of happiness.”

Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere by Will Richardson ** (2012 Kindle Edition) – “The world has changed — and continues changing — rapidly and radically when it comes to the ways in which we can learn, and what knowledge, skills, dispositions, and forms of literacy our children will need to flourish in their futures. Plain and simple, the Web and the technologies we use to access it drive those changes. And those changes are, in a word, profound.”

Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century by Cathy N. Davidson ** (2011) -“Part of our failure rate in contemporary education can be blamed on the one-size-fits-all model of standards that evolved over the course of the twentieth century; as we narrow the spectrum of skills that we test in schools, more and more kids who have skills outside that spectrum will be labeled as failures. As what counts as learning is increasingly standardized and limited, increasing numbers of students learn in ways that are not measured by those standards.”

The World Is Flat [Further Updated and Expanded; Release 3.0]: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman (2007) – “It is heartening to see educators now bypassing traditional intermediaries to share resources, best practices, and information…Some other entrepreneurs are now using the flat-world platform to try to improve government in the United States, because they understand that this new platform gives a whole new power to grassroots activists in a democracy – as opposed to party machines or big media.”

Too Big to Know: Rethinking Knowledge now that the Facts Aren’t the Facts, Experts are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room is the Room by David Weinberger ** (2011) – “Bringing smart people together is an ancient and effective technique for developing ideas. The Net also lets smart people connect and communicate. But the Net brings people together in new and occasionally weird configurations-a weirdness that is now being reflected in how expertise works. . . .”

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us byDaniel H. Pink ** (2009) – “…at the start of the school term, ask students about their individual passions and areas of expertise. Keep a list of your experts, and then call upon them as needed throughout the term. A classroom of teachers is a classroom of learners.”

And if I have time, I hope to get in the following books too:

Curriculum 21: Essential Education for a Changing World (2010) Edited by, Heidi Hayes Jacobs
21st Century Skills: Learning for Life in Our Times (2009) by Bernie Trilling and Charles Fadel
Qualitative Research Methods in Education and Educational Technology (2008) by Jerry W. Willis
The Art of Explanation: Making your Ideas, Products, and Services Easier to Understand (2013) by Lee Lefever **
Rigor is NOT a Four-Letter Word, 2nd ed. (2013) by Barbara Blackburn **
How To Deliver A TED Talk: Secrets Of The World’s Most Inspiring Presentations (2012) by Jeremy Donovan


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