ITT Book Club

ITT Book Club

Dear COE Community:

The ITT Book Club will be meeting this Fall to discuss the following book:

Palmer, Parker J. (2007). The courage to teach. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley & Sons.

The Courage to TeachHere is a description of the book:

“This book is for teachers who have good days and bad — and whose bad days bring the suffering that comes only from something one loves. It is for teachers who refuse to harden their hearts, because they love learners, learning, and the teaching life.” — Parker J. Palmer [from the Introduction]

For many years, Parker Palmer has worked on behalf of teachers and others who choose their vocations for reasons of the heart but may lose heart because of the troubled, sometimes toxic systems in which they work. Hundreds of thousands of readers have benefited from his approach in THE COURAGE TO TEACH, which takes teachers on an inner journey toward reconnecting with themselves, their students, their colleagues, and their vocations, and reclaiming their passion for one of the most challenging and important of human endeavors.

This book builds on a simple premise: good teaching cannot be reduced to technique but is rooted in the identity and integrity of the teacher. Good teaching takes myriad forms but good teachers share one trait: they are authentically present in the classroom, in community with their students and their subject. They possess “a capacity for connectedness” and are able to weave a complex web of connections between themselves, their subjects, and their students, helping their students weave a world for themselves. The connections made by good teachers are held not in their methods but in their hearts — the place where intellect, emotion, spirit, and will converge in the human self — supported by the community that emerges among us when we choose to live authentic lives..”

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join us.

The discussion will take place toward the end of the semester (at a date/time that is most convenient to the people who sign up).

(You are responsible to purchase the book on your own. It’s currently available in hardback for $19 at Amazon, and there are many other less expensive versions there as well.)

Food will be provided at the discussion!

To sign up to join the discussion of “The Courage to Teach” or to recommend another book for the ITT Book Club to discuss in the future, please go to the following Web site:

http://lrieber.coe.uga.edu/itt/bookclub/

I hope to see many of you there!

Lloyd Rieber
Director, Innovation in Teaching and Technology

Spring 2013 Selection:

McGonigal, J. (2011). Reality is broken : why games make us better and how they can change the world / Jane McGonigal. New York : Penguin Press.

Reality Is Broken

Here is a description of the book: “With 174 million gamers in the United States alone, we now live in a world where every generation will be a gamer generation. But why, Jane McGonigal asks, should games be used for escapist entertainment alone? In this groundbreaking book, she shows how we can leverage the power of games to fix what is wrong with the real world-from social problems like depression and obesity to global issues like poverty and climate change-and introduces us to cutting-edge games that are already changing the business, education, and nonprofit worlds. Written for gamers and non-gamers alike, Reality Is Broken shows that the future will belong to those who can understand, design, and play games.”

McGonigal also appeared on the Colbert Report on February 3, 2011 to discuss her book:
http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/373360/february-03-2011/jane-mcgonigal

See what passages Kindle readers have highlighted from this book.

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join us.

The discussion will take place toward the end of the semester (at a date/time that is most convenient to the people who sign up).

(You are responsible to purchase the book on your own. It’s currently available for $10.88 at Amazon.)

Food will be provided at the discussion!

To sign up to join the discussion of “Reality is Broken” or to recommend another book for the ITT Book Club to discuss in the future, please go to the following Web site:

http://lrieber.coe.uga.edu/itt/bookclub/

I hope to see many of you there!

Lloyd Rieber
Director, Innovation in Teaching and Technology


November 2012 selection:

Rheingold, Howard (2012). Net Smart: How to thrive online. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

The future of digital culture—yours, mine, and ours—depends on how well we learn to use the media that have infiltrated, amplified, distracted, enriched, and complicated our lives. I’ve been asking myself and others how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and above all mindfully. This book is about what I’ve learned.

Net Smart: How To Thrive OnlineAll faculty, staff, and students are welcome to join us. If you are interested in participating, please submit this form.

The discussion will take place Monday, December 3, at 1:00 pm (room TBA). You are responsible to purchase the book on your own. Food will be provided at the discussion!

Visit Howard Rheingold’s site: http://rheingold.com/

Howard Rheingold’s book, Net Smart: http://rheingold.com/netsmart/

Net Smart trailer on YouTube: http://youtu.be/QzZSIzBe6w0

To sign up to join the discussion of Net Smart, or to recommend another book for the ITT Book Club to discuss in the future, please fill out this form.


April 2012 selection:

Christensen, C. M., & Eyring, H. J. (2011). The innovative university : changing the DNA of higher education from the inside out / Clayton M. Christensen and Henry J. Eyring. San Francisco : Jossey-Bass.

The Innovation in Teaching & Technology Book Club continues in April 2012 with the second book selection, The Innovative University: Changing the DNA of Higher Education from the Inside Out, by Henry Eyring and Clayton Christensen (2011, Josey-Bass). SIGN-UP here!

DATE: Monday, April 30, 2012
TIME: 12:00 noon

The Innovative UniversityThe Innovative University illustrates how higher education can respond to the forces of disruptive innovation , and offers a nuanced and hopeful analysis of where the traditional university and its traditions have come from and how it needs to change for the future. Through an examination of Harvard and BYU-Idaho as well as other stories of innovation in higher education, Clayton Christensen and Henry Eyring decipher how universities can find innovative, less costly ways of performing their uniquely valuable functions.

To sign up to join the discussion of The Innovative University, or to recommend another book for the ITT Book Club to discuss in the future, filling out this form.


November 2011 selection:

Turkle, S. (2011). Alone together : why we expect more from technology and less from each other / Sherry Turkle. New York : Basic Books.

The Innovation in Teaching & Technology Book Club begins in November 2011 with the first book selection, Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other. Leaders for this Book Club selection are Dr. Janette Hill and Dr. Lloyd Rieber.

Alone TogetherAlone Together explores the power of our new tools and toys to dramatically alter our social lives. It’s a nuanced exploration of what we are looking for—and sacrificing—in a world of electronic companions and social networking tools, and an argument that, despite the hand-waving of today’s self-described prophets of the future, it will be the next generation who will chart the path between isolation and connectivity.
Click here to watch a powerful TED-X talk by Sherry Turkle from March 25, 2011.

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