In one month my emerging technologies and education seminar will begin (Emerging Tech and Education – 17121 – LDES 707 – 01). Already the syllabus is crystallizing, like some cross between a Transformer toy and a Max Ernst painting.
One hole yawns wide in the syllabus – for me, at least. I can’t choose a good book for my students.
I have plenty of articles, several videos, some podcasts, but no monograph, textbook, or other book-length title to share.
Digging into the topic yields books on emerging technology…. circa 2010. Not to mention good books on tech that’s already emerged, as it were: mobile, social media, video, etc.
Should I use Michelle Pacansky-Brock’s Online & Blended Learning: Best Practices for Teaching with Emerging Technologies (2017) (Amazon)? I have a copy in storage, but haven’t gotten to read it yet. Or Charles Fadel, Wayne Holmes, and Maya Bialik’s just-released Artificial Intelligence In Education: Promises and Implications for Teaching and Learning (Amazon), which I also haven’t read? Or is there another book lurking out there? Or perhaps I should have them read something less technical per se, but still relevant, like Joseph Aoun’s Robot-Proof (2017) (which I can’t assign, since they’ve all already read it).
Alternatively, I could pick a science fiction novel that concerns education, like Rainbows End (2006) or The Highest Frontier (2013).
Or… is this something my class shouldn’t do? Perhaps the topic is too new for a book-length work to have gone through the multi-year publication process. Or maybe the combination of topic and timeline (just one month, with plenty of other work going on, and most of the students working) makes including a full length book too much.
I believe firmly in teaching nonfiction books. I want students to get more practice reading sustained academic argument. They need exposure to the full range of research a book brings to bear.
Or should this just be the topic of my next book?
Any recommendations? And thanks in advance!