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Friday, May 22, 2015

STEM Summer Reading: Transforming Schools

Summer is a time to catch up on reading, whether you are lounging poolside in an exotic location or lying on your couch. But, what to read? With a limited amount of time and limited amount of funds, which books are other STEM professionals reading right now?

Recently, I spoke with some STEM experts about what they are reading for summer.  Below is a list of what we are reading about school organization and how STEM fits into that.

Awakening Your STEM School by Dr. Aaron Smith

Educators and businesses alike might not know how to begin the process of creating a STEM school or more importantly developing their school into an elite magnet. This book is written by an educator for educators which provides a blue print guiding them through the process that will give students the skill-sets needed to be successful in the 21st Century workplace.  

This book is due to release on August 1st. Until then, I am reading the first two chapters available for free download here 

Creative Schools: The Grassroots Revolution That's Transforming Education by Sir Ken Robinson and Lou Aronica

Have you ever heard one of Sir Ken's TedTalks? The man is amazing. So inspirational. Sir Ken has been involved in education for decades, across continents. He has been in the educational setting long enough to see the pendulum of "reform" swing back and forth, repeatedly. In his latest book, he "proposes a highly personalized, organic approach that draws on today’s unprecedented technological and professional resources to engage all students, develop their love of learning, and enable them to face the real challenges of the twenty-first century." 

Here is Sir Ken speaking about his new book, but more importantly, speaking about transforming education. (Sorry, I can't seem to get my embed code to work properly today. Click "view fullscreen" to see the video)

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Can't get enough of Sir Ken? (I know I can't). Here is a sound cloud of Sir Ken talking with Education Weekly.

Looking for other ideas for STEM Summer Reading?

1 comment:

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