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    Required Reading for 21st Century Education Best Practice by Peter French Nov 6, 2010 Products Adobe Premiere Pro Photoshop Story
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    As a working designer / artist / teacher who spent many years working in advertising and design agencies I have always been very aware of the power of "play" - full brain thinking that is engaging, creative and highly productive. As I have learned and listened to people discuss the new mix of skills our 21st century students will require, I have broadened my reading and discovered several books which I highly recommend to ALL secondary school teachers in every subject area. These books reflect new ways of seeing the world, seeing education and seeing our collective future. If it were up to me I would force every teacher to read and absorb each of these books. Doing so would transform education. The ideas these books pose are that powerful. Be wary - sometimes the ideas cannot be implemented exactly as described. Money and time and other resources are always limiting our actions, but that just means we have to find other ways to bring the ideas into our classrooms. I hope you gain as much from these books as I have and will comtinue to do so. This is life-long learning for us. Enjoy. FREE PLAY - Improvisation in Life and Art, by Stephen Nachmanovitch, pub 1990 Jeremy Tarcher Inc. Los Angeles, ISBN 0-87477-578-7 A book published by a writer sensitve to the ways of the creative thinker and to the ways of those who think they can't. It is written in a easy, accessible voice and it gets right to the point. GLIMMER - How design can transform your life, your business and maybe even the world, by Bruce Berger, pub Random House Canada Toronto 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-35673-4 Design is not just a practice - it is a complete way of seeing and understanding the whole world. This realization has changed how many leading business schools are now working and its time for teachers to catch up to this way of thinking. The emphasis is on finding better ways to understand the problems we encounter so we then generate better solutions. This is one book that can help you rewrite your understanding of education. A WHOLE NEW MIND - Why right-brainers will rule the future, by Daniel Pink, pub by Riverhead Books, New York 2005 2006 ISBN 1-57322-308-5 This is the other book that has the power to immedaitely rewrite your thinkiing about what we do every day in our classrooms. THE THIRD TEACHER - 79 ways you can use design to transform teaching and learning. This is the outcome of a collaborative project using the combined skills and powers of OWP/P Architects, VS Furniture, and Bruce Mau Design, pub by Abrams New York 2010, ISBN 978-0-8109-8998-6 This is more about the physical environment in which we all work, whether an old, run down building or a bright new classroom. In all cases these leanring environments have the power to assist or hinder everything we do. It behooves us to be aware and to try to improve them as we can.