I’m going to try to do something I haven’t done before this summer – host a book club. But, I’d like to do it virtually or online. The idea is that a few interested people would choose a common text. Read it over the course of the summer and share periodic reflections about the reading on this blog. I’m thinking we might have one scheduled discussion event – using something like Skype, Google+, or other collaboration tool as a culminating event. I’m hoping this will be a low commitment, but high interest/growth activity – a chance to share some common learning over the summer in a low key way.
I can’t decide on a book. I have a couple of ideas, but I’d be open to other title suggestions. Here’s what I’m looking at for titles: The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal. Daniel Pink recommended this one a few months back – not an education title per-se. However, I’m a firm believer in the importance of persistence and perseverance in learning. I think it might be interesting to see what insights the author might have that we could use to design learning. The other title is From Fear to Facebook by Matt Levinson. This one’s a little more straightforward. It’s a narrative about a school that adopts a one to one laptop program. It’s a bit shorter and was an ISTE recommended title a while back. Again, I’m open to other title suggestions. So, if you have good one that would apply to learning or digital literacy, send it my way.
If you would like to participate, please email me before June 1st. Please let me know a book preference as well – again feel free to make a suggestion. Once I get a list of names together, I’ll send out word on the week of June 4th about which title we’ll be reading and a tentative schedule to check the blog/reflect, and a date for our discussion event. While I’d love to have a great group of Prairie people sign up, I’m open to anyone who is genuinely interested to sign up. So, who’s with me?