What is on your Teacher's Bookshelf?

I am guessing you are like me and have a stack of books you are planning on reading over Spring Break. 

On my bookshelf for spring break reading is: 
What To Think About Machines That Think by John Brockman
From the publisher's website: 
"Weighing in from the cutting-edge frontiers of science, today’s most forward-thinking minds explore the rise of “machines that think.” I will be working with our reading teacher to use one of these short essays for students to read, annotate, and use as a writing prompt.
I am looking forward to reading student's ideas on artificial intelligence. The essays I have read so far is interesting in the array of responses to AI.

Future Ethics by Bowles Cennydd
 From the book's website "Based on Cennydd’s years of research and consulting, Future Ethics transforms modern ethical theory into practical advice for designers, product managers, and software engineers alike. Cennydd uses the three lenses of modern ethics to focus on some of the tech industry’s biggest challenges: unintended consequences and algorithmic bias, the troubling power of persuasive technology, and the dystopias of surveillance, autonomous war, and a post-work future."
I am approximately three chapters into this book and am loving it! Although I do not think I can use it directly in my 7th-grade classes, the ideas and concepts will spill over into my lessons. 

I am curious what books are you planning on reading? What books are you reading to improve your practice, learn, or to use to create an activity? 



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Submitted by Linda Sweeting on Tue, 03/12/2019 - 09:43

While I do not get a Spring Break (work at District level now)- I am starting 2 new professional reads.  Just because I can! 

The first is Learning Transported, Augmented, Virtual and Mixed reality for All Classrooms by Jaime DonallyThe books offers definitions and examples as well as comparisons or devices, platforms, and tips for using and selecting.  I work in a low socio-economic school district and I am always looking for way to increase student understanding through engagement.  AR and VR provide tools for learning for my students who do not have the opportunity to experience many things in real life.

The second book is Building a K-12 STEM lab: A Step-by-Step Guide for School eaders and Tech Coaches by Deborah NaglerI want to have more foundational knowledge and the ability to guide schools for successful STEM labs.  Too often, labs are put together without any type of systematic approach and this book addresses building a STEM lab from an administrators perspective as opposed to a teacher's.  

I look forward to seeing what others are reading and why.  Always on the lookout for a great read!

:) Linda




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Submitted by Brenda Burmeister on Sat, 03/16/2019 - 22:04

Thanks Linda.

Those books sound fabulous. Adding them to my book list now.

And a small plug for AR: it's such a great way to get teachers from all contents using technology since you can  apply it to any subject. There are some great free apps that allow the creation of AR to be extremely simple so it can be a good gateway technology for a teacher new to technology integration. I have taught AR workshops to little kids to  tech fearing adults and they have all made some amazing artwork.