Posts Categorized: Books

Review: Moodle Teaching Techniques

I had written a review of William Rice’s previous book and noted that it was rather technical. Moodle Teaching Techniques is more pedagogical and gets down to the details of how to develop online courses in Moodle. Moodle adoption is growing and it is probably the most widely-used open source learning content management system in… Read more »

Blessed Unrest

Over the holidays I read Blessed Unrest: How the Largest Movement in the World Came into Being and Why No One Saw It Coming by Paul Hawken. This is a book that is more a reference than a story and what will serve me well after reading the book is the extensive appendix, which is… Read more »

Spiders and Starfish

Reading The Starfish and the Spider only took one day [resting with a cold] and it’s an illuminating book. Spider organizations are those with centralized control and if you cut off the head, the rest will die. In starfish organizations, cutting off one leg will not kill it, because intelligence is distributed throughout the organism…. Read more »

Revolutionary Wealth – Review

The Toffler’s continue their series of books on the rise of the Third Wave, or knowledge economy, with Revolutionary Wealth. As with several of their other books, this one looks at the larger and deeper patterns affecting our economies and societies as certain parts of the world make the transition from the second wave (industrial)… Read more »

Job Aids & Performance Support

I’m currently working on a project that requires me to get back to some performance and training analysis. Of course, my initial outlook is that training can often be a problem looking for a solution. I had to review the basics and decided to read Rossett & Schaffer’s, Job Aids & Performance Support. This is… Read more »

Three Conflicting Pillars – Synthesized

I took some time to re-read Kieran Egan’s book The Educated Mind: How Cognitive Tools Shape Our Understanding. I’ve referred to his premises in Education’s Three Conflicting Pillars. These three premises are: education as socialization education as a quest for truth (Plato) education as the realization of individual potential (Rousseau) The same topic was later… Read more »

Building Resilience – The Upside of Down

I’ve just finished reading The Upside of Down, which is very disturbing, but at the same confirms some of my own directions in life. A good part of this book reads like An Inconvenient Truth, but Homer-Dixon adds more detail about how we got into this mess. Much of the book is dedicated to an… Read more »

Teaching Defiance

I had the opportunity to listen to Anne Bartlett-Bragg’s podcast with Mike Newman, author of Teaching Defiance, while travelling last week. This cover note is what caught my attention: This is a book about choice. It urges activist educators to help people break free from their pasts, take control of the present, and make deliberate,… Read more »

How Computer Games Help Children Learn – Review

Will Richardson commented on my recent post where I referred to the book, How Computer Games Help Children Learn: The thing I find so much more effective about the network learning I do is that it’s asynchronous and done on my time. And yet IM and Skype and others make synchronous discussion imminently possible when… Read more »

Reading iWoz

I’m currently reading Steve Wozniak’s autobiography, iWoz. Wozniak was the co-founder of Apple Computers and is an engineer by profession. It’s not my usual reading, but he will be at our local university in two weeks, as part of the Wilford Jonah Lecture Series. The other reviews of the book are quite mixed but what… Read more »