DEN Reads and Shares




I’m Still Here: Back Online After a Year Without the Internet

by Paul Miller

The Verge

My Rating:  4, It is very thought-provoking in this time in education where we are trying to find the right blend of technology and traditional.

My Favorite Line/Quote:   “There’s a lot of “reality” in the virtual, and a lot of “virtual” in our reality.”

My Shift:   I had been falling victim to those who think that people who are constantly connected are somehow missing out on life. Reading this article helped me to understand that my connectedness is just as much a part of my personality as anything else in the “real” world is.

My Take Away:   I think what I will remember most are the lessons the author learned about himself and the fact that whether or not he has internet, he is still the same person.

Reviewed by Elaine P. from Texas



Creating a Digital-Rich Classroom: Teaching & Learning in a Web 2.0 World

by Meg Ormiston

My Rating:  5, DEN Finger Worthy; Easy to read and follow and makes you want try the tools with your class especially if you have a technology or library background.

My Favorite Line/Quote:   Engagement happens when a lesson captures students’ imaginations, snares their curiosity, ignites their opinions, or taps into their souls.

My Shift:   The book shared the new 3 Rs research, rationale, and relevance in such a way that the teachers can understand the creative ways these online tools can easily be embedded into the curriculum.

My Take Away:   Embed the tools in the curriculum, not just use the tools for the sake of using them.

What’s Next for Me:   Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere

Reviewed by Bobbi C. from Texas


Whistling Vivaldi

by Claude Steele

My Rating:  5, I believe this book should be required reading for anyone who influences the lives of children in schools. It describes something that can really help educators understand the power of the messages they send through their words and how to make sure they are meeting the needs of all students, regardless of what stereotype may affect them.

My Favorite Line/Quote:   I just love the whole book!

My Shift:   The idea that I could actually increase student success by simply changing the words I said or by changing the way I assess my students in ways that don’t invoke stereotype threat.

My Take Away:   One part of Steele’s study revealed that simply putting questions like name, sex, and ethnicity at the bottom of a test can significantly increase test scores because asking those questions at the beginning can invoke stereotype threat.

Reviewed by Elaine P. from Texas


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