Faculty and staff at the UW-Madison School of Nursing are invited to join a new eBook Club. The group will meet twice a month on Mondays see meeting schedule below at noon, for one-hour (bring your lunch, if you’d like to), and over the course of the semester, we’ll read and discuss a short, nonfiction ebook focused on the role of technology in education.
Why an ebook club?
According to Pew Internet & American Life Project, eBooks are becoming increasingly popular, with a 7% increase in readership over the last year (from 16% to 23%), while the readership of printed books has decreased. This ebook club aims to fulfill two primary objectives. The first one is to provide us with an engaging ebook, used as a starting point for a conversation about the constantly evolving role of technology in the classroom. The second objective, no less important – and that’s why this is an ebook club, and not just a regular book club – is to create a community of readers with whom to compare your experiences, observations, and impressions of reading an electronic text:
- How is reading an ebook different from reading a printed book?
- What are the advantages and disadvantages of each format?
- Is the technology evolved enough to offer a viable replacement for printed books?
- What are the biggest challenges readers face when reading ebooks?
- Are we ready to consider ebooks as a replacement for traditional textbooks?
- How do different ebook reading apps and devices compare?
- Are are some ebook formats and apps better for academic use than others?
- …and many other questions that will – no doubt – come up during our discussion [top of page]
Which book and why?
These were the five basic criteria any potential ebook selection had to meet in order to make it to the “short list” of possible titles:
- To address some aspect of using technology in education;
- To be available [published and available for purchase] on all major popular ebook platforms, so that anyone who has a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone, an Android tablet or phone, or a Windows or Mac laptop would be able to read it on their device, and bring their device to our ebook club meetings;
- To be concise enough to make it possible to read a section for each bi-weekly meeting in no more than 15 minutes – to fit everybody’s busy schedules, and at the same time to make it possible for us to complete the ebook in a series of meetings during one semester;
- To be affordable, with a price no higher than that of three large coffees at Starbucks (or your preferred independent local coffee shop); in other words, under $15;
- To have accompanying online materials directly related to, and able to expand on, and to enrich its content.
The selection for the spring of 2013 that matches all the above criteria, and our first ebook club title is Will Richardson’s ebook Why School? How Education Must Change When Learning and Information Are Everywhere. In the future, ebook club participants will be encouraged to suggest potential new titles. [top of page]
eBook Club Meeting Schedule
- Meeting 1 [Overview & Introduction] – Monday, February 11, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 PM – rm. K-6/165.
You do not need to purchase and bring the ebook with you or read anything for our first meeting. If possible, please bring the ebook reading device you use (it may be a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad, an iPhone, any Android tablet or phone, or a laptop). We will have a brief overview of different ebook formats, and devices that can be used to read our selected ebook, and we will go – step-by-step – through the purchasing options, and explain the differences and limitations of the files you purchase depending on the source you purchase it from. Please plan to share with others your own personal experience (if any) with reading ebooks, especially the things that you like and dislike about reading ebooks on your device.
- Meeting 2 – Monday, February 25, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 PM – rm. K-6/165.
>> Read: Prologue; and Part 1: Old School; Abundance (pp 4-22)
- Meeting 3 – Monday, March 11, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 PM – rm. K-6/165.
>> Read: Higher education at work, redefined; The upside; and Our kids are illiterate. (pp. 23-45)
- Meeting 4 [CANCELLED] – Monday, April 1, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 PM – rm. K-6/165.
>> Read: Better; Another way; and Part II: New school. (46-67)
- Meeting 5 [CANCELLED] – Monday, April 15, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 PM – rm. K-6/165.
>> Read: Rethink assessment; Rethink teaching 1-6 (68-115)
- Meeting 6 – Monday, April 29, 2013 from 12:00-1:00 PM – rm. K-6/165.
>> Read: The Challenge; Scream; Why school? (116-127) + Summary, Conclusion, ideas for titles for the fall semester.
Online Resources for Richardson’s Why School?
- Link to TED Books Library page from which you can purchase the Kindle, iBooks, and Nook versions of the ebook;
- TED Talks interview with Richardson about the book;
- Q&A to Why School? (with online audience) at TED Talks website/blog;
- Richardson’s webpage & blog at willrichardson.com;
- [below] Will Richardson’s 15 minute presentation at the TED Conference (which includes many ideas mentioned in the book):