Last week I ran across a Tweet in my stream (I apologize to the tweeter, I cannot seem to find it again to give you credit) that pointed me to a this site with links out to a number of free e-books for people who innovate. While these aren’t necessarily completely education related, I was interested to see Seth Godin’s writings on the list. I’ve been interested in his stuff for quite awhile and, after poking around on his site, found some other short e-books that he’s released. They’re not new and for those who are familiar with his work, it’s what you’d expect but I’m far more interested in sharing this with those who haven’t read his stuff before. So, here’s my short list of little works that I would encourage folks to read.
- Brainwashed – My favorite so far. Inspirational writing on doing good, creative work. In this book, Seth lays out 7 attributes (he calls them levers) to reinvent oneself and to make a difference in the world. If we could harness some of these levers with our students, who knows what they might create.
- Knock Knock – on making websites work better
- Who’s There – on blogging and how it’s changing the world
One more that I’ve been told is good is Ideavirus. It’s more to do with marketing but my understanding is that it’s good and it’s not a big leap to for educators. To get this one, click on the “Get it” link at the top or go to this url.
Finally, last spring he put out one other e-book entitled “What Matters Now” about looking at things a little differently (much as we need to do in education). Definitely worth the read.
If you download one of these and read it. I’d be interested to hear your thoughts.
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