Books on Professional Development

Focusing on Learning, Thinking, Creativity and Technology Recorded by John Kendall


I did not want to start a full scale blog, but did want to record some reading notes and have a database available. These are books from the last several summers of suggested "summer reading" for the faculty at Rutgers Prep, Somerset, NJ, or books about how technology is affecting our thinking and culture.

Books on How Technology Affects Our Being Human

Douglas Rushkoff's Program or Be Programmed: Ten Commands for a Digital Age

Brian Christian's The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive

Others to recommend

William Power's Hamlet's BlackBerry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

Sherry Turkle's Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

Neil Postman's Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business

From a fictional angle, consider Gary Shteyngart's Super Sad True Love Story

Books on Thinking, Schools, and Learning

Malcolm Gladwell's What the Dog Saw

Others to recommend

Daniel Pink's Drive

John Medina's Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap: Why Even Our Best Schools Don't Teach the New Survival Skills Our Children Need--And What We Can Do About It

Books on Writing

Roger Rosenblatt's Unless It Moves the Human Heart: The Craft and Art of Writing

Gerald Graff and Cathy Birkenstein's "They Say / I Say": The Moves That Matter in Academic Writing

Andrea Lunford's Everything is an Argument

David Jollife and Hephzibah Roskelly's Everyday Use: Rhetoric at Work in Reading and Writing

Others to recommend

Susan Shaughnessy's Walking on Alligators: a Book of Meditations for Writers

Ann Longknife and K. D. Sullivan's The Art of Styling Sentences

Peter Elbow's Writing Without Teachers

Conferences Attended

The Fifth Constructivist Celebration and ISTE Conference at Philadephia, July, 2011

Apple Education Summer Seminar: Language Arts a webinar (long-distance learning) on July 12, 2011

The A.P. Conference in San Francisco, July 21-24, 2011

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