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The EDC Resource Review will be hosting a virtual book club starting January 20, 2020. The book we will be reading is: book “An Urgency of Teachers: the Work of Critical Digital Pedagogy” by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel. This book is truly transformative! The book is open source, so you don’t need to worry about ordering or paying for a book; the e-text is available openly online.
“ Education is, in the words of Paulo Freire, an ‘inescapable concern.’ The work of teaching is activism. […] And thus, our title ‘an urgency of teachers’ describes the necessary shift we must make toward valuing more the work — affective, flawed, nuanced, unfolding—that teachers (all of them) do online and in classrooms, and also the important work wrought upon the heart and mind by an education that is concerned with the human. It is urgent we have teachers, it is urgent we employ them, pay them, support them with adequate resources; but it is also urgency which defines the project of teaching. In a political climate increasingly defined by its obstinacy, lack of criticality, and deflection of fact and care; in a society still divided across lines of race, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, income, ability, and privilege; in a digital culture shaped by algorithms that neither know nor accurately portray truth, teaching has an important (urgent) role to play.” (Source)
The book club will use Twitter to allow readers to engage in meaningful conversation with colleagues. These chats will happen weekly starting Thursday, January 30th at 6pm EST. Use the hashtag #edcbookclub. If there are members interested in doing a monthly conference call/chat over Zoom, I will gladly schedule that, too!