Thursday, September 03, 2009

Mark Gura Looking for Contributors for LEGO Robotics Book

Dear Colleague –

My name is Mark Gura and I am currently writing a book for ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) on Student Robotics. The book’s working title is “Getting Started with LEGO Robotics” and will feature interviews and other sorts of input from educators who are closely involved with implementing LEGO Robotics practices with students or preparing colleagues to do so.

The purpose of the book is to give essential information and professional insight about how to bring LEGO Robotics into the classroom to teachers who are interested, but haven’t yet begun. As LEGO Robotics continues to distinguish itself as a highly motivating, especially relevant and effective approach to STEM education, I believe this book will perform a much needed service for many members of our profession.

I would like to invite you to use this book as an opportunity to share your experience and expertise in this important body of practice and distinguish yourself as a contributor to this growing field. Your participation may take the form of answering a short email survey; participate in a 10 – 15 minute phone interview, or to write some materials for inclusion in the book. In all cases participants will be fully and appreciatively acknowledged and credited for their contribution in the book’s text.

I strongly urge you to consider participation, as this book’s meaning will in large part be derived from presenting the experience of a broad spectrum of professionals directly involved in implementing LEGO Robotics with students. If you are interested, the first step will be for you to answer a short survey that I will email you. After you have returned the survey and I have had an opportunity to digest its contents, I will let you know about follow-up in the form of an invitation to participate in a phone interview or invitation to submit a lesson plan or other document. All who submit surveys will be fully acknowledged in the book whether or not they accept such invitations. I will keep all participants, whatever form their participation takes, fully informed of the progress of the book which is scheduled to be presented to ISTE in finished manuscript form in March 2010.

Please email me back stating your interest in participating. I look forward to hearing from you,

Mark Gura

PS – This will be my third book for ISTE. Below you will find some links to descriptions of those books and ISTE’s publishing program.

ISTE BOOK STORE: http://www.iste.org/source/Orders/isteIndex.cfm?section=books_and_courseware&CFID=11433269&CFTOKEN=46516133

Making Literacy Magic Happen
http://www.amazon.com/Making-Literacy-Magic-Happen-Technology/dp/1564841758

Visual Arts Units for All Levels http://www.iste.org/source/Orders/isteProductDetail.cfm?product_code=NETART


Mark Gura
Agent Provocateur - Writer - Podcaster - Speaker
www.markgura.blogspot.com
Check out my latest book:
http://markgura.blogspot.com/2009/08/proudly-announcing-new-book-teaching.html