With interactive projectors, smartboards and touch-screen monitors around, how’s a school to choose? Mimio has a 28-page ebook that goes over the major questions and answers that deal with specific school and district needs. There are five buyer’s tips, a look at collaborative lessons and includes the factors for selecting a touch-screen over the competition. Be warned, though, you’ll need to register with Mimio to get the ebook.
There’s no shortage of books and interactive lessons on building Web sites, but Nate Cooper has what is probably the first comic book on the tools needed to create a Web presence. The 264-page book has a series of pen and ink drawings by Kim Gee that explain the intricacies of everything from HTML and Cascading Style Sheets to how to get the most out of Wordpress. The book follows Kim and her dog Tofu as they learn about how to make a Web site. It’s all painless, highly educational and can be had on Amazon for about $13 a copy.
While you can’t teach experience to a new teacher, there are a slew of techniques that can help those just starting out in the classroom, and ASCD has put together a package of three books by teaching pros to aid newbies. The titles include:
• “Never Work Harder Than Your Students and Other Principles of Great Teaching,” by Robyn R. Jackson
• “The New Teacher’s Companion: Practical Wisdom for Succeeding in the Classroom,” by Gini Cunningham
• “Where Great Teaching Begins: Planning for Student Thinking and Learning,” by Anne R. Reeves
There are sample chapters to see if these are the right books and the best part is that the books cost $63.88 or $48.68 if you’re an ASCD member.
And that turns out to be a good thing, because there’s no better way to stir a child’s imagination and use that curiosity to teach them about electricity, physics and programming than with robots. For those teachers who are unsure about their robotic or programming abilities, there’s No Starch Press’s “The Lego Mindstorms EV3 Discovery Book.” With lively text and color photos, the book shows and explains how to make six mechanical creatures – including tips on the delicate assembly process – from the basic EV3 set, including a race car and a six-legged walker. It costs $35.