The Longleaf Writing Project is getting ready to do its spring professional book study groups. I have not been as active in the Writing Project since it changed from the Capstone Writing Project to its current incarnation, but I hope to get more involved in 2008. I used to be the Technology Liaison for the Writing Project in Tuscaloosa when blogging was still very new. Now I have two blogs and think I can show others how to set them up and use them for personal and professional use. Maybe we can get an online group together with some face to face meetings, too.
I would like to suggest studying any of these books:
1. Classroom Blogging 2nd Edition by David Warlick
2. Podcasting for Teachers by Kathleen King and Mark Gura
3. Using Technology with Classroom Instruction that Works by Marzano et al
4. Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, and Other Powerful Web Tools for Classrooms by Will Richardson
As you can see, all of these have technology issues but are also related to writing especially in the online environment.
I am also interested in these titles:
Creating Literacy-Rich Schools for Adolescents (2006) by Gay Ivey and Douglas Fisher
Teaching Writing in the Content Areas (2005) by Vicki Urquhart and Monette McIver
Teaching with the Brain in Mind, 2nd Edition (2005) by Eric Jensen
Hopefully, there will be some other folks in the Writing Project who are interested in undertaking an online and F2F (face to face) hybrid book study in 2008.