Book Review: Ready, Set, Curate

In 2014, I had an opportunity to sit in on a presentation by Ben Betts and Allison Anderson at the American Society for Training & Development conference on using curation to support learning. I was, therefore, pleased to pick up the book called Ready, Set, Curate: 8 Learning Experts Tell You How* edited by Ben Betts and  Allison Anderson because it expanded upon what they presented at the conference. I agree with them that curation is a 21st-century digital literacy skill that everyone should master. With the amount of content that is available and continues to be created, we need a way to discover, filter, organize, add value, and share with others. We need a way to make sense of all this information, and curation is such a method. Read more

Book Review: Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered

“It’s not enough to be good. In order to be found, you have to be findable” (Kloen, 2014, location 19).

As Austin Kleon began his book, Show Your Work!: 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered*, he emphasized that in order to be successful in today’s world you need to be able to be found. One way to be found is to share your work, show your work, and work out loud. The fact that he wrote about showing your work and working out loud is what attracted me to this book. I think it is a very useful book to help individuals start working out loud in this new world. Read more

Book Review – Working Out Loud: For a Better Career and Life

Even before I heard Harold Jarche speak at the National Extension Technology Conference, I had been interested in this concept of working out loud. I started working out loud formally when I started a blog for a graduate class. Even before that I was sharing things on social media. I realized early that social media was a powerful place to share things. Recently, I had completed reading two books on the topic of working out loud. The first book is Working Out Loud: For a better career and life* by John Stepper.

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Book Review: Level Up Your Life

Life is a game, or it should be. Steve Kamb, a self-proclaimed nerd and gamer, wrote a book to show you how to turn your life into an adventure game. This book is Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story*. This book really resonated with me, and I am sure a number of my friends will find it as interesting. I discovered this book listening to a podcastRead more

Book Review: The Last Lecture

A couple of years ago, I had read The Last Lecture* by Randy Pausch. I decided this would be the book I would read again as part of the Modern Mrs. Darcy 2016 Reading Challenge. If you have not read the book, let me set the scene. Randy Pausch, a professor at Carnegie-Mellon University has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and has only months to live. During this time, he has been asked to participate in the last lecture series. If you had one last lecture, what would it be? He delivers his last lecture and much more. Read more

Book Review: Professional Learning In the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning

As I traveled from conference to conference this spring, I had a opportunity to catch up on some reading. One book I finished was from Kristen Swanson called Professional Learning in the Digital Age: The Educator’s Guide to User-Generated Learning*. This was a relatively short book, weighing in at 112 pages spread over five chapters and five appendices. Read more