I’m not often into the link blog thing, but as school is beginning here next week, a few resources have been rolling around my learning that I think are worth sharing.
1.) Connections – If you are not reading Rick Schwier’s work, you truly are missing out. A great Canadian voice in education, and someone who looks past current hype in to see the consequences of decisions that we make, Rick released a book in June about virtual learning communities that should be part of your back to school reading. Called Connections, available as a free download on his site, and chock full of edu – goodness.
2.) Interview with Cathy Davidson – CBC’s Spark is a podcast worth downloading. Techy without being geeky, this regular show examines our tech use, talks about changing tech and how it effects our society as a whole. A short time ago, they released a full twenty minute interview they did with Cathy Davidson. A professor at Duke University and author of a book on attention and brain science, professor Davidson discusses issues about education that are well worth listening to. This interview that Spark did with Ethan Zuckerman about xenophiles and cultural bridge figures from 2008 is still one of my favourite pieces that I enjoy going back to occasionally.
3.) Learning Through Digital Media – I’ve only started on this piece, but once again, it looks well worth your time to push through. It includes chapters on using twitter in the classroom, the global reach of learners, voice, youtube pedagogy and using mobiles. Another free downloadable ebook, the website that it is attached to is also worth including in your reader.
I know some of you have been back to school already for a month (or more. Yikes!) but these are the things that are catching me as I head back to school in a few more days.