Category Archives: New Resource 2012

Mathematics of Life

by Ian Stewart
Call Number: QH323.5 S849m 2011
Status: The Engaged Library

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From the Jacket:

In characteristically clear, entertaining fashion, Stewart explains how mathematicians and biologists have come to work together on some of the most difficult scientific problems that the human race has ever tackled–including untangling the nature and origin of life itself. Today, mathematical patterns in living creatures are being used to trace everything from the human genome, to the structure of viruses, to the forms of organisms and their interaction in the broader ecosystem. Mathematics also offers new and sometimes startling perspectives on evolution, whose many important processes take too long to observe, or happened hundreds of millions of years ago and have left only cryptic traces. …

Graphics for Learning: Proven Guidelines for Planning, Designing, and Evaluating Visuals in Training Materials

by Ruth Colvin Clark, Chopeta Lyons
Call Number: LB1043.5 C594g 2011
Status: Available

Table of Contents: Pfeiffer

From the Publisher’s Site:

This second edition of the bestselling book summarizes guidelines for best use of graphics for instructional materials, including multimedia, texts, classroom aids, and slides used for briefings. These guidelines are based on updated scientific research and contain illustrative examples including examples for readers without a background in psychology. The authors help trainers tie graphics into their lesson topics and include facts, concepts, processes, procedures, and principles. The book discusses technical and environmental issues (such as bandwidth or screen size) that will influence how instructional professionals can apply the guidelines.

Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns

by Clayton M. Christensen, Michael B. Horn, Curtis W. Johnson
Call Number: LB1027 C554d 2011
Status: Available

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From the Jacket:


  • Customized learning will help many more students succeed in school
  • Student-centric classrooms will increase the demand for new technology
  • Computers must be disruptively deployed to every student
  • Disruptive innovation can circumvent roadblocks that have prevented other attempts at school reform
  • We can compete in the global classroom-and get ahead in the global market
  • Filled with fascinating case studies, scientific findings, and unprecedented insights on how innovation must be managed, this latest edition of Disrupting Class will open your eyes to new possibilities, unlock hidden potential, and get you to think differently. …

    Campbell Biology: Concepts & Connections

    by Jane B. Reece … [et al.]
    Call Number: QH308.2 B615 2012
    Status: Available

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    Cover from Pearson
    From the Preface:

    New to This Edition

    New Big Ideas and Chapter Transit Maps In this Seventh Edition, we take our conceptual emphasis to the next level, reframing each chapter with a smaller set of overarching concepts–”Big Ideas”–that are introduced at the beginning of the chapter. …

    More Engaging Narrative and a New Look With the goal of making the concepts of biology more accessible and increasing the overall friendliness of the book, every chapter in this edition makes greater use of analogies, intriguing facts, examples that relate topics to the student and the real world, engaging questions, and a more conversational tone. …

    New Scientific Discovery Modules This edition gives greater emphasis to “how we know what we know” through a new type of module, called Scientific Discovery …

    The Latest Science … For this edition, as always, we have integrated the results of the latest scientific research throughout the book. …

    Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning: Innovation as an Engine for Student Success

    by Allison Zmuda
    Call Number: LB2822.82 Z82b 2010
    Status: Checked out

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    From the Back Cover:

    “What the teacher wants me to say is more important than what I want to say.” “If I get too far behind, I will never catch up.” “What I’m learning doesn’t have much to do with my life, but it isn’t supposed to–it’s school.” These are just some of the many pernicious axioms that keep students from achieving to their potential. In Breaking Free from Myths About Teaching and Learning, Allison Zmuda analyzes and promptly dispels these and other harmful untruths that have inhibited student learning for decades and offers a wealth of ideas for combating them, including

  • Refocusing learning environments with students’ best interests in mind.
  • Designing engaging lessons that spark students’ imaginations.
  • Motivating students to learn for the joy of it, not just for the grade.
  • Developing authentic assessments that truly capture the extent of students’ progress.
  • Creating effective school missions that provide both educators and students with achievable objectives.
  • A Good School for Every Child

    by Cyril Taylor; with a foreword by Lord Baker and David Blunkett
    Call Number: LA632 T239g 2009
    Status: Available

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    From the Back Cover:

    … While offering an insider’s look at some of the key challenges in education, it is also an invaluable guide for parents and teachers interested in how our schools work today. There is a particular focus on how to raise standards in low attaining schools, improving levels of literacy and numeracy, and teaching children the skills they need for the twenty-first century.

    This book is also a clarion call to our political leaders about the challenges that still remain: the education of children in care, the failure to stretch able youngsters and the problems of recruiting enough good science teachers.

    Education Nation: Six Leading Edges of Innovation in our Schools

    by Milton Chen; foreword by George Lucas
    Call Number: LB2822.82 C518e 2010
    Status: Available

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    From the Publisher’s Site:

    This book, in six chapters, explores the “edges” in education—the places where K-12 learning has already seen revolutionary changes through innovative reform and the use of technology.

  • Examines ways in which learning can be revolutionized through innovative reform and the use of technology
  • Explores the ever-expanding world of technology for breakthroughs in teaching and learning
  • Includes many wonderful resources to support innovation in schools across the nation
  • The Routledge Doctoral Student’s Companion: Getting to Grips with Research in Education and the Social Sciences

    edited by Pat Thomson and Melanie Walker
    Call Number: LB2372.E3 R869 2010
    Status: Available

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    From the Back Cover:

    Bringing together contributions from key names in the international education arena, The Routledge Doctoral Student’s Companion is a comprehensive guide to the literature surrounding doctorates, bringing together questions, challenges and solutions normally scattered over a wide range of texts. Accessible and wide-ranging, it covers all doctoral students need to know about:

  • what doctoral education means in contemporary practice
  • forming an identity and knowledge as a doctoral student
  • the big questions that run throughout doctoral practice
  • becoming a researcher
  • the skills needed to conduct research
  • integrating oneself into a scholarly community.
  • Offering an extensive and rounded guide to undertaking doctoral research in a single volume, this book is essential reading for all full-time and part-time doctoral students in education and related disciplines.

    Transforming Learning through 21st Century Skills: The Who Took My Chalk? Model for Engaging You and Your Students

    by Lydotta M. Taylor, Jill M. Fratto
    Call Number: LB1025.3 T243t 2012
    Status: Checked out

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    From the Back Cover:

    Embrace change and transform your classroom through 21st century skills integration! Offering teacher-friendly chapters with ample space for notetaking and reflections, this book defines 21st century skills, discusses why we need to teach today’s students differently, and walks teachers through a school-wide transformational process with an end of goal of incorporating 21st century concepts in an educational setting. Through an eight-step model, teachers learn about change management, the impact of school culture, and goal-setting for school improvement. Classroom and school assessment tools are included, as well as strategies for overcoming roadblocks and gaining parental support. Filled with sample curriculum and modification strategies, this book is a must-read for any educator wishing to create intentional change in their classroom or school.

    21st Century Skills: Rethinking How Students Learn

    edited by James Bellanca, Ron Brandt
    Call Number: LB1134 T971 2010
    Status: Available

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    From the Publisher’s Site:

    This anthology introduces the Framework for 21st Century Learning from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills as a way to reenvision learning and prepare students for a rapidly evolving global and technological world. This dynamic new framework promotes innovation through critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, and technology integration, while building on mastery of core content and background knowledge.

    Highly respected education leaders and innovators address critical concepts supporting the Framework for 21st Century Learning and explore these overarching questions:

    1. Why are the skills listed in the Framework for 21st Century Learning necessary?
    2. Which skills are most important?
    3. What can be done to help schools include these skills in their curriculum and instruction?

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