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Ben and I were forced into writing a book.  Well, forced might be a strong word, but Vicki Davis (@coolcatteacher) gave us a strong push.  A few years ago Vicki asked Ben and I if we would moderate an online book club for her new book called Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds: Move to Global Collaboration One Step at a Time, which of course we agreed to.  If you know Ben, he will agree to just about anything.  In conversations with Vicki, she suggested we talk with her publisher (the publisher mentioned here was Eye on Education who didn’t publish the book above).  Before Ben and I even had a prospectus put together, Robert Sickles, the president of Eye on Education, contacted us.  Long story short, Ben and I agreed to write a book with Eye on Education, who has since been acquired by Taylor & Francis.

You may be asking why I’m writing this or why you should care.  There is a point to this.  As Ben and I were writing Engaged, Connected, Empowered: Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century, we eagerly looked forward to conversations surrounding our book with its readers.  I think much of this anticipation came from so enjoying our book club with Vicki.  I can’t prove that anyone has actually read our book, but according to, people are buying the book in all forms of print.  I would assume that if people are purchasing the book, they must be reading the book.  Ben and I would love to converse with you about the ideas in the book or anything else that relates.

There are many ways to contact us, but there is a dedicated Facebook page for Engaged, Connected, Empowered.  The address is  Stop by and give us a like, share a thought, or ask us a question.  If you haven’t purchased the book yet, why not?  It’s available in paperback or on your Kindle (or in hardcover if you’re a high roller and love on demand printed books) or just borrow it from a friend.  We’d truly love to discuss our interest in 21st Century teaching and learning with anyone who will join us.

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  • Betty Rose

    i have really enjoyed reading this, my two children was nothing to do with me when i mention funliteracy activities at home to help with story writing! i can never come up with anything fun to do with story writing but maybe letting them do this online might help!

  • Gustavo Woltmann

    Hi there, Great blog you have there, really. I learned so much from your posts already so please juse keep up the good work! :)