More Assorted Things (including books)

5:55 AM


The World is Flat, by Thomas Friedman
Got Game, by John Beck
Oryx and Crate” by Margaret Atwood (well it’s not professional development, but all about ethics in science)
La Vida Robot, a WIRED magazine article

I’ll add a few more here, and please do comment with other professional readings.

The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell (keynoted NECC last year)
The Playful World: How Technology is Transforming Our Imagination, by Mark Pesce
As the Future Catches You, by Juan Enrriquez
Free Culture, by Lawrence Lessig

also consider my books:
Redefining Literacy for the 21st Century (2004)
Raw Materials for the Mind: 4th Edition (2005)
Classroom Blogging (2005)

Media guru Doug Johnson started a thread the other day on WWWEDU, about suggested books for summer reading. The discussion there has centered around professional reading and include those listed to the right.

I thought I would start a similar list here, but with books that are more for enjoyment than professional development. Though I read very slowly, I usually have two or more books going at the same time. So here is my list. Please comment to this weblog any books that you think would be worth the while of educators who are taking a much deserved break.

  • Enders Game, by Orson Scott Card (this is a must read, one of the best SciFi books ever)
  • Night Fall, Nelson Demile (An excellent read and interesting scenario leading up to 9/11)
  • Lost Boys, by Orson Scott Card (not an Enders Game, but the ending knocked my feet right out from under me)
  • The Narrows, by Michael Connelly (One of my favorite mystery writers)
  • City of Masks & Land of Echoes, Daniel Hecht (I enjoyed both of these mixes of mystery and the supernature and am looking forward to more from Hecht)
  • Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson (not an easy read which is typical Gibson, but possibly my favorite)
  • Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand (if you want to fill up the entire summer with one book, this is a very good one — politics aside)
  • The Broker — by John Grisham (Grisham’s getting better and better. I liked the Euro flavor here)
  • The Company — by Robert Littell (I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story that traces much of the history of the CIA)
  • Runaway Jury — by John Grisham (possibly my favorite book by Grisham, much better than the movie, and I loved the movie)
  • Balance of Power — by Richard North Patterson (Excellent about politics and the gun industry)
  • The Lake House — James Patterson (one of my favorite Patterson books)

I’m going to leave it there. Please do add to this list by commenting on this blog!

4:12 AM

Nancy Barbee, an eastern North Carolina educator posted a comment to yesterday’s blog asking for instructions on how to produce a podcast. I responded with an answering comment, but thought I would post it here as well.

First of all, I believe that one of the reasons why podcasting has caught on so well is that it is so easy to do. It’s like so much else regarding technology, it’s the content and design that are the hard part. Here is what you need to produce your own podcasts:

  • A microphone — most laptops have them built in (I use a Griffin iTalk attached to my iPod),
  • Software — most folks use Audacity, a free opensource program that can be downloaded from the net and is available for Macs, Windows, and Linux. (I use Audacity and Garageband),
  • A place to upload your podcasts — Archive.org hosts all types of media files for free (I use them), and
  • A blog to attach the podcasts to that syndicates in RSS 2.0.

For more details, you can check out a web shelf of links related to podcasting that I keep in my PiNet library. Go to:

http://pinetlibrary.com/links.php?list=118714

Author: David Istlandoll

David Istlandoll has been an educator for the past 40+ years. He continues to do some writing, but is mostly seeking his next intersect between play, passion and purpose, dabbling in photography, drone videography and music production.