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High Tech Heretic

High Tech Heretic
Stoll
1999

Submitter: We found this book in our high school library collection this week. The irony is that we have just started the year in a brand new, high tech building and with an eighth – twelth grade 1:1 laptop initiative. Loads of wonderful teaching and learning happens in our school both with and without computers. This book focuses on throwing the baby out with the bathwater. It is filled with anecdotes of horrible teaching.

“To turn learning into fun is the denigrate the two most important things we can do as humans: to teach, To learn.”

Funny that this author also wrote a book in which he predicted the failure of eCommerce.

Wrong twice.

Holly: I’d LOVE to hear this author’s take on Common Core!

 

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Flip Phone Fun

Do-It-Yourself Camera & Music Phone Projects: 24 cool things you didn’t know you could do!
Hakkarainen
2007

Submitter: The flip phone on the cover says it all: this book is terribly dated. All of these new-fangled things that people can do with their phones are great, sure, but nearly every phone has this capability now without using a book to find the secrets to your phone. Phones are practically computers in and of themselves; why would anyone want to transfer their files by pulling out the SIM card and inserting it in their computer?

Holly: Anyone interested enough in camera and music projects to check out a book about it likely does not have a flip phone…or is willing to upgrade. If it were just a book about using flip phones, you *might* be able to make a case for another year or two, but this is specifically about multi-media projects, so it is too outdated to be useful.

Smart phones are so much easier to use than flip phones! My parents have flip phones, and they don’t believe me that a smart phone would be EASIER for them to use. I do see people in the library with flip phones from time to time, but usually those are the people who can’t figure out how to make the super loud ringing stop when everyone around them is giving them the stink eye.

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HTML for the 90s

HTML for the World Wide Web
2nd Ed
Castro
1997

This was submitted by a small public library in Ohio. It was a part of their circulating non-fiction collection until just recently. They had newer books on the subject, but apparently they hadn’t weeded much (or at all…) until recently. Wonder what else they’ll unearth as they dig out?

One of the pages included below teaches readers how to copy video clips from a VCR to a PowerMac. Handy!

Another page tells us how to link to external video. It does not suggest YouTube, Vimeo, or any other popular video hosting service; it tells how how to let people download your actual video file to their computer from their browser. There are still specific  situations where that is done, but most of us just click through to YouTube to watch our cat videos. (Like that! That was much easier than anything this book suggests!)

There might be a few nuggets of good info in this book, and the basic tenets of HTML haven’t changed, but this particular library had newer books on the subject. Chalk  this one up to laziness! I promise you, if all you do is weed old editions of items you have newer editions of, you will have made a difference in your collection. That’s such an easy thing to do, and doesn’t even require an MLIS. Send in a volunteer or a Page with a list and put ‘em to work!

-Holly

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Books About the Interwebz

When the Computer Overlords Run the World

Old School Computer Crime

It’s a Wang!

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