The Connected Educators Book Club is an opportunity to read books about or related to connected learning and online communities, then discuss them with your peers and in some cases the author, through asynchronous (self-paced) dialog (in the Connected Educator community) and through other scheduled activities such as Twitter chats, webinars and more. For 2015, we have four books on connected education to read and discuss:
The Connected Educator by Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach and Lani Ritter Hall
The Connected Educator compellingly lays out a step-by-step path to using online connected communities to become a connected learner engaged in do-it- yourself professional development. Even if you think you know it all, we promise this book club will be engaging and thought-provoking. Buy a copy here.
Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need by Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase
Led by authors Chris Lehmann and Zac Chase, this book club will explore the big ideas within their new book Building School 2.0: Creating the Schools We Need. Sunday of each week, Chris and Zac will post questions to the forum for discussion based on that week’s reading. Additionally, they will host a weekly twitter chat using the hashtag #School20 to discuss the ideas synchronously. If you’re interested in student- and inquiry-driven project-based learning, come join the fun. Buy a copy here.
Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades by Kathy Cassidy
In Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades, primary teacher Kathy Cassidy makes a compelling case for connecting our youngest students to the world, using the transformative power of Internet tools and technologies. This book presents both the rationale for connecting students “from the start” and the how-to details and examples teachers need to involve children in grades K-3 in using blogs, Twitter, Skype and other social media to become true global learners. Join the book club space or buy a copy of Kathy’s book.
Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing
The National Council of Teachers of English and the International Literacy Association worked together on Standards for the Assessment of Reading and Writing and therefore stating that their position that the primary purpose of assessment must be to improve teaching and learning for all students. Eleven core standards are presented and explained, case studies and vignettes are shared and a helpful glossary is included in the text available in print and online. Each week of the month of October, we will discuss a different cluster of standards. Even though the discussion moves on to different clusters of standards throughout the month, you can always enter the discussion at any point that is meaningful to you. Join the discussion here. The entire text is available online here.
Jump into the book club at anytime. Simply make your way to the Connected Educator community and join.
Want to Lead A Book Club?
We are doing an All Call for organizations, authors or facilitators who would like to add their book to the official Connected Educators Book Club community to let us know. We will help you set up a Book Club Group, get your book added to the list of choices, and start to promote your book here and through our other Connected Educator Month channels. (Newsletter, Blog, Radio) Here is a step by step guide for setting up your book club.