Posts Categorized: Books

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 »

Gracian on Learning

I dusted off the cover of a book I bought many years ago, and found some words of wisdom. The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian (1601-1658) to be exact. I found several that relate to informal learning in organisations. Advice is sometimes transmitted more successfully through a joke than through grave teaching. The… Read more »

Informal economy; informal learning

I’ve read most of the Toffler’s books over the years, including Future Shock, The Third Wave and Powershift; and have yet to read Revolutionary Wealth. I agree with Lawrence Fisher (S+B) that the value in their work is not crystal ball gazing but making sense of various patterns: In retrospect, Mr. Toffler was less a… Read more »

Getting to Maybe – Review

I’ve just finished reading Getting to Maybe. This is a book about social innovation in complex environments (our world). It covers the stories of many social innovators and discusses the various parts of a common path that many take. This is a path with no map and no destination. Getting to maybe, or “if only… Read more »

Cappuccino U

I love those serendipitous moments on the Web. I happened across Helge Scherlund’s blog via Technorati and noticed a post recommending the e-book, Cappuccino U, available from Spotted Cow Press. This short, CC-licensed book is by Jerome Martin, of Edmonton, Alberta and it is a pleasant flow of a read that discusses formal education, personal… Read more »

A few good books

One of my first posts when I started this blog was a number of Book Reviews. Later that year, I listed some Books I would like to read, but I never got around to reading a single one of these. I did read several others, and wrote about this as Worthwhile Reading at the end… Read more »