Showing posts with label Bookstores. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bookstores. Show all posts

Monday, May 30, 2011

What Else Should I Read This Summer?

Yesterday, I met my mother and step-father in Portland for lunch (I had meatloaf, it was delicious). Since I was in the big city, I took some time after lunch to go to Border's and browse for a new book. Like a lot of teachers, I don't have a whole lot of time to read during the school year so the summer is when I do the bulk of my book reading. Anyway this morning I spent some time thinking about what I want to read this summer and what follows is what I've come up with. I'd love to have some suggestions to add to the list. If you have any must-reads for my list, please leave a comment.

Education Books
And What Do You Mean by Learning?
Mindstorms: Children, Computers, And Powerful Ideas
(Yes, I realize that Mindstorms is "old" but I've never read it and I find Papert's work intriguing to say the least).
Teach Like a Champion
(This is a book that we've been fed excerpts of at my school this year. I want to have the whole context of the work).

History Books
Colonel Roosevelt
American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
The Tycoons: How Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, Jay Gould, and J. P. Morgan Invented the American Supereconomy

Just for Fun Books
Crossing The Gates Of Alaska
A Walk Across America
No Shortage of Good Days

Considering that the books on Roosevelt and Jackson each approach 800 pages, if get through all nine of these books I'll be pretty happy with myself.

What are you reading this summer? Leave a comment and let us all know.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Teachers Get 25% Discount at Borders This Weekend

Looking for something to do Friday evening? Head down to your local Borders bookstore for a "special reception" to kick off educator appreciation week at Borders. From March 19th through the 25th Borders is giving current and retired teachers a 25% discount on just about everything in stock. Click here to read all of the details.

Clarification: The discounts do start today, however, the reception is Friday evening, not Thursday evening. The wording of my original post may have caused some confusion over that point. I apologize for the confusion I may have caused.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Books vs. Internet - What Influences Student Choice?

On Monday evening after a bad car shopping experience (read more here) I went to the local Border's bookstore to browse and decompress for a few minutes. As I was wandering through the computer and business sections I came across a young man (13ish, I'd guess) and his mother looking for a book about writing html code. The young man had in his hand a print out of a book title and isbn for book he had located on the Border's website. That short observation made me wonder what makes today's student choose a book over the Internet when looking for reference information? I put this question to my study hall students yesterday. What follows is a summation of my students' responses.

About half of my students believe that books are generally more credible than the Internet. When asked why, most said because that's what their teachers and parents tell them. A few students mentioned that they have teachers who do not allow Wikipedia to be used for any research. Some of the students said they use books for research because they do not have Internet access at home. Another response was that books are useful for having a hard-copy that they can look at while writing or creating a presentation without having to toggle between browser windows or applications. The one response that seemed universal was that books help them remember things. When I asked one student to clarify, she said that if she can put her hands on something she's more likely to remember it. I thought this was a telling statement about our attention economy.

My students responses to the question of why they would choose a reference book over the Internet got me thinking about my own attention span and the attention of adults in general. Just last week I was reminded by Mark Spahr of how quickly we forget things in our attention economy. I had forgotten the name of a blogger who had stirred a little discussion a while back. I thought the discussion had been months ago, but when I sent out a Twitter asking for help to locate the name, Mark sent me the link I needed which was from April. How quickly had I forgotten? In four weeks what was a raging a discussion became a distant memory. Is this the same for our students? I think so. If nothing else, having a physical document may help students remember things just a little bit longer than they would without them.

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