This past Tuesday I met with our Assistant Superintendent and a number of my colleagues from throughout the district to complete an introduction to the “Expanding Boundaries” course I will be taking next academic year. The course is designed to aid us in our pursuit to “challenge, raise expectations of student achievement and to prepare students to be globally competitive” in our classrooms. The course incorporates online coursework, attendance at technology conferences, reading requirements, and a series of assignments designed to help us reflect on our experiences in “EB” and expose us to the multitude of different technological tools at our fingertips (along with the rest of the worlds!)
Through much of my classwork even through graduate school much of my classroom required readings have centered around technical textbooks to deepen my understanding of scientific knowledge. This course presents a different sort of reading that I am excited to sink my teeth in to. While some of the texts center around how to use new tech tools, there are others that provide historical context and approaches to student learning.
The required reading includes:
The World is Flat, Thomas Friedman (2007).
A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future, Daniel H. Pink (2006).
Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, Will Richardson (2006).
Why Don’t Students Like School?, Daniel WIllingham (2009).
Web Literacy for Educators, Alan November (2008).
I am looking forward to sharing my thoughts and opinions on these readings on this blog as I venture forward through this course with my cohort of fellow educators.