Books bring thoughts to life, create shared vocabulary and concepts, and often act as a change agent. A natural progression of reading something that opens up new ways of thinking, just plain makes you mad, smile, question, etc. is to share and discuss with others. We are all watching the digital age of books evolve around us—pretty cool potential with augmented reality and transmedia tapping into multiple senses and spaces. We are questioning the future of textbooks, publishers, and entering a new era when authoring for an authentic audience is easier than ever.
This blog has touched on all of these topics. (See links at the end of this post.) For some reason, I haven’t put much consideration into online book clubs. If you are like me and need a starting place, here’s one from Steve Hargadon. The next paragraph is a regurgitation of some of Steve’s email he sent out on Classroom 2.0.
Check out Steve’s new BookClub20.com It is a wiki for sharing and finding book clubs and more in education. Steve has started two of his own book clubs in Mightybell “spaces” (an interesting space I’ve been considering for classroom use). Steve’s book club choices are Seymour Papert's Mindstorms and John Dewey's Experience and Education. It is interesting how Steve is taking it a step further by layering technologies. On March 14th and April 11th, he will hold discussions in the Blackboard Collaborate live as a part of his FutureofEducation.com. There are plans for more in the future if these books don’t strike your interest. While you are exploring, take a look at Book Club 106. Google Hangouts is one of its components.
As I think out loud here, I can see potential in online courses for discussing chapters of assigned texts in this type of Mighty Bell "spaces" organization. I can see the potential to facilitate hybrid book or video discussions. Hmmm... there are many possibilities awaiting exploration and application.
I’d love to know if you are a part of any online education book clubs and where this is headed in our schools and libraries.
Happy reading and book clubbing!
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