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Snapshots! Educational Insights from the Thornburg Center

"A brand new book co-authored by David Thornburg, Gary Stager, Lynell Burmark, Bernajean Porter, Ferdi Serim, Sara Armstrong, Lou Fournier, Ted McCain and Bonnie Bracey.

This volume provides snapshots of the current thinking of each Thornburg Center associate on educational topics of concern to any K-12 educator. The topics in this book are as varied as the people who wrote them. But as you dig to the core of our group one thing becomes clear: we are united in our passion for children and the educators charged with preparing future generations for a dynamic world. Toward this end, we have harvested the results of our research and/or experiences in the classroom and bring our insights to you in a form that is both visionary and practical." - Dr. David Thornburg


Gary Stager's role in the history of classroom-based "laptop learning" is documented in the new book, Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers and the Transformation of Learning, by Bob Johnstone.

You may also purchase the book from Schoolkit International by clicking here.




The best book of 2004 (thus far)!

The new book by legendary author and educator, Herbert Kohl.

Stupidity and Tears: Teaching and Learning in Troubled Times




A terrific new book by Seymour Sarason

What Do YOU Mean by Learning?



A useful new book on literacy across the curriculum by the authors of Rethinking High School

Subjects Matter : Every Teacher's Guide to Content-Area Reading


The best book of 2003!

There is a no more timely or thoughtful book on educational theory and practice than Frank Smith's

Unspeakable Acts - Unnatural Practices: Flaws and Fallacies in "Scientific" Reading Instruction

It's always an exciting day when Frank Smith publishes a new book. After numerous books about literacy, reading and language, Smith turns his attention to mathematics learning.

The Glass Wall: Why Mathematics Can Seem Difficult
by Frank Smith

The new book by the author of The Power of Their Ideas
Arguably the best book of 2002...

In Schools We Trust: Creating Communities of Learning in an Era of Testing and Standardization
by Deborah Meier

What Happened to Recess and Why are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?
by Susan Ohanian

A fantastic new book! A must read!

On the Death of Childhood and the Destruction of Public Schools : The Folly of Today's Education Policies and Practices
by Gerald Bracey

Testing is not Teaching

Testing Is Not Teaching: What Should Count in Education
by Donald Graves
Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum

Big Brother and the National Reading Curriculum: How Ideology Trumped Evidence
by Richard L. Allington (Editor)
Resisting Reading Mandates
Resisting Reading Mandates: How to Triumph with the Truth
by Elaine M. Garan
The Energy to Teach
The Energy to Teach
by Donald Graves
Educational Reform
Educational Reform: A Self-Scrutinizing Memoir
by Seymour Sarason

Schools that Learn: A Fifth Discipline Handbook for Educators, Parents and Everyone Who Cares About Education
by Peter M. Senge, Nelda H. Cambron McCabe, Timothy Lucas, Art Kleiner, Janis Dutton and Bryan Smith
The Hundred Languages of Children: The Reggio Emilia Approach Advanced Reflections, Second Edition
by Carolyn P. Edwards (Editor), Lella Gandini (Editor), George E. Forman

This remarkable book should be read and re-read by every American educator. It seems to contain solutions to all of education's problems. While the city of Reggio Emilia focuses on early childhood education, there are numerous lessons to be learned by teachers at all levels.


Delve into the jazz community of practice and learn how great jazz musicians learn on the bandstand.

This is a new well-reviewed book chronicling the successful implementation of innovative school reforms at the high school level.

What to Look for in a Classroom
Creative Mathematics
Creative Mathematics : Exploring Children's Understanding
by Rena Upitis, William Higginson & Eileen Phillips

Creating Your Classroom Community
This Too is Music

Can I Play You My Song?

Understanding by Design

Understanding by Design

by Grant P. Wiggins & Jay McTighe

The Students Are Watching : Schools and the Moral Contract
by Theodore R. Sizer, Nancy Faust Sizer

A Fresh Look at Writing
What Do I Do on Monday?
Punished by Rewards

Savage Inequalities

The End of Education

Rethinking Schools : An Agenda for Change
by David P. Levine (Editor), Robert Lowe, Robert Peterson, Rita Tenorio

Garbage Pizza, Patchwork Quilts, and Math Magic : Stories About Teachers Who Love to Teach and Children Who Love to Learn
by Susan Ohanian

Horace's Hope

Experience and Education
by John Dewey

Inspiration & Motivation

Ordinary Resurrections: Children in the Years of Hope

by Jonathan Kozol

The Long Haul : An Autobiography
by Myles Horton, Judith Kohl (Contributor), Herbert R. Kohl (Contributor)

Myles Horton's Highlander Folk School taught folks like Rosa Parks to be activists and gave birth to the song, We Shall Overcome. This autobiography details the life and work of an important and unsung hero in American history while including lessons on community organizing and adult education.

On Being a Teacher
by Jonathan Kozol

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Selling the Dream : How to Promote Your Product, Company, or Ideas-And Make a Difference-Using Everyday Evangelism
by Guy Kawasaki




The Power of Their Ideas


Power Talk: Using Language to Build Authority and Influence
by Sarah Myers McGinty, Sarah Myers McGinty Ph.D
Flawless Consulting - A Guide to Getting Your Expertise Used
by Peter Block

The bible for consultants, folks who work within knowledge organizations and those interested in consulting.

Standards & Testing
Scrooge Meets Dick and Jane
by Roger Schank
Starting Strong : A Different Look at Children, Schools, and Standards
by Patricia F. Carin

Susan Ohanian does it again with great humor and insight. This book addresses the kids left out by a one-size-fits-all curriculum, specifically middle school kids.

What Happened to Recess and Why are Our Children Struggling in Kindergarten?
by Susan Ohanian
Book of Learning and Forgetting
Raising Standards or Raising Barriers?: Inequality and High Stakes Testing in Public Education
by Gary Orfield & Mindy Kornhaber
Internet & Multimedia
OS X: The Missing Manual
Mac OS X The Missing Manual
by David Pogue

This is a MUST have book for every OS X user

50 OS X Techniques

50 Fast Mac OS X Techniques
by Joe Kissell

Really cool tips and tricks for using Jaguar

iMovie 3 & iDVD 2: The Missing Manual
by David Pogue

This is the thorough and informative book you've been waiting for. A must for all iLife users


iMovie 3 Solutions: Tips, Tricks, and Special Effects
by Erica Sadun

A fantastic source of incredibly clever ways to use iMovie, QuickTime Pro and Adobe Photoshop Elements to create sophisticated video productions.

How to Photograph Your Life: Capturing Everyday Moments with Your Camera and Your Heart
by Nick Kelsh

An incredibly beautiful, practical and easy-to-use source of inspiration for anyone interested in snapping great photos.

The Photoshop Elements Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby
Want to know how to make someone look slimmer, loose freckels or fix red-eye automatically? How about simple color correction, photo repair or adding a watermark? if you answered, "yes," to any of these questions, then this book is for you. The book is organized around "how-to" topics with crisp clean photos detailing each step. It is an excellent reference for non-experts.
Digital Photography Pocket Guide
Digital Photography Pocket Guide by Derrick Story
The Digital Photography Pocket Guide gives you the tools, the knowledge, to take the kind of pictures you've always wanted. Consider it your quick-reference photo mentor that explains each of the camera's components, shows you what they do, then helps you choose the right settings to accomplish your goal.
Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
by Mikkel Aaland
Digital Photography Essentials: Point, Shoot, Enhance, Share
By Erica Sadun

The Macintosh iLife: An Interactive Guide to iTunes, iPhoto, iMovie, and iDVD
By Jim Heid

iLife Bible
By Dennis R. Cohen & Bob LeVitus
iLife Zero to Hero: iMovie 3, iPhoto 2, iTunes 3 and iDVD 3
iMovie 3 for Mac OS X (Visual QuickStart Guide)
by Jeff Carlson
Revolutionary QuickTime Pro 5 & 6
by Bradley Ford, Andy Grogan , Frank Lowney, Manuel Minut, Jonathan Puckey, Jurgen Schaub , Francesco Schiavon, Barb Roeder

iMovie Fast & Easy
by Kevin Harreld

Complete Idiot's Guide to iMovie

Photoshop Elements 2 Solutions: The Art of Digital Photography
by Mikkel Aaland


QuickTime for the Web : A Hands-On Guide for Webmasters, Site Designers, and HTML Authors
by Steven W. Gulie

This expansive volume contains a great deal of information needed by folks planning to produce QuickTime movies for the web and other forms of mass distribution. It's the bible of QuickTime on the video-based web publishing.

FCE Editing Workshop

Final Cut Express Editing Workshop
by Tom Wolsky

Making Movies with FCE
Making Movies with Final Cut Express
by Michael Rubin
Beginner's Final Cut Pro: Learn to Edit Digital Video
by Michael Rubin
Final Cut Pro 3 Filmmaking
Final Cut Pro 3 and the Art of Filmmaking
by Jason Cranford Teague, David Teague
The Little Digital Video Book
by Michael Rubin
Producing Great Sound for Digital Video
by Jay Rose

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The Non-Designer's Web Book : An Easy Guide to Creating, Designing, and Posting Your Own Web Site
by Robin Williams


Radio: An Illustrated Guide
by Ira Glass

This short comic book by the host of NPR's This American Life somehow manages to inspire children of all ages to conduct great interviews and produce radio programs for the web and traditional radio. This is the best $4 you will ever spend!

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Additional book info available here

GoLive 4 Visual QuickStart Guide
Learning Technology

Gary Stager's role in the history of classroom-based "laptop learning" is documented in the new book, Never Mind the Laptops: Kids, Computers and the Transformation of Learning, by Bob Johnstone.

You may also purchase the book from Schoolkit International by clicking here.

The Connected Family

Constructionism in Practice: Designing, Thinking, and Learning in a Digital World
by Mitchel Resnick and Yasmin Kafai

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Lego Crazy Action Contraptions
by Dan Rathjen, the Editors of Klutz (Editor)

Perhaps the best LEGO book ever written!

Children Designers : Interdisciplinary Constructions for Learning and Knowing Mathematics in a Computer-Rich School (Cognition and Computing Series)
by Idit Harel
Minds in Play : Computer Game Design As a Context for Children's Learning
by Yasmin Kafai
The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-Line Pioneers
by Tom Standage

A really cool book comparing the hype, hysteria and promise of the Internet to an oddly similar time when the telegraph was invented. This book provides interesting historical perspectives and helps you separate reality from Internet hype.

The Social Life of Information
by John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid

The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility: The Ideas Behind the World's Slowest Computer
by Stewart Brand

Adventures in Modeling: Exploring Complex, Dynamic Systems with StarLogo
by Vanessa Stevens Colella, Eric Klopfer, Mitchel Resnick

A fantastic collection of on and off-computer activities explaining how to use StarLogo (included on the enclosed CD-ROM) to explore powerful ideas in an experimental context.

Information Anxiety 2
by Loring Liefer, David Sume, Richard Saul Wurman, Loring Leifer
The Inner Game of Work
by W. Timothy Gallwey

The latest masterpiece by the author of the Inner Game of Tennis.

When Things Start to Think
by Neil Gershenfeld

Turtle, Termites and Traffic Jams
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Robot Invasion
Robot Invasion: 7 Cool and Easy Robot Projects
by Dave Johnson

JunkBots, Bugbots, and Bots on Wheels: Building Simple Robots With BEAM Technology
by by Dave Hrynkiw & Mark W. Tilden

Robot Building for Beginners
Robot Building for Beginners
by David Cook
BattleBots(R): The Official Guide
by Mark Clarkson, Bill Dwyer
Robot Sumo
Robot Sumo: The Official Guide (The Official Guide)
by Pete Miles
Internet & Computer Ethics for Kids: (and Parents & Teachers Who Haven't Got a Clue.)
by Winn Schwartau, D. L. Busch (Illustrator)

This is a terrific new book which should be read by every parent, educator and teen.

Children's Rights

This terrific book was written by two urban kids from Chicago who after given a microphone and tape recorder by a NPR reporter documented their life, including a Pullitzer-prize winning report on the murder of one little boy by anothe

Radical Equations: Math Literacy and Civil Rights
by Robert P. Moses and Charles E. Cobb Jr

Civil Rights pioneer Bob Moses, the founder of Mississippi's Freedom Summer, details how he came to understand algebra as a gatekeeper to poor children's future and what he did about it. This book is as much about empowering communities as it is about his successful Algebra Project.

At the Schoolhouse Gate: Lessons in Intellectual Freedom
by Gloria Pipkin & Releah Cossett Lent
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