Reading Club Session 1 Resources

Teaching and Learning about Technology

Curated by Dr. Jennifer Jenson, here are some addition resources around the topic of technology.  These resources have been selected  to help educators explore their own stance on technology, and consider how they invite their students to engage with it.

Session Recording –

Sherry Turkle discusses the topic of connection both in her book, and in her Ted Talk. She examines what kind of personas humans curate online, and their effects on expectations. 


Atlas of AI by Kate Crawford

“In Atlas of AI: Power, Politics, and the Planetary Costs of Artificial Intelligence Crawford reveals how the global networks underpinning AI technology are damaging the environment, entrenching inequality, and fueling a shift toward undemocratic governance. She takes us on a journey through the mining sites, factories, and vast data collections needed to make AI “work” — powerfully revealing where they are failing us and what should be done.”


The Lonely Century: How to Restore Human Connection in a World That’s Pulling Apart by Noreena Hertz 

“Combining a decade of research with firsthand reporting, Noreena Hertz takes us from a “how to read a face” class at an Ivy League university to isolated remote workers in London during lockdown, from “renting a friend” in Manhattan to nursing home residents knitting bonnets for their robot caregivers in Japan.

Offering bold solutions ranging from compassionate AI to innovative models for urban living to new ways of reinvigorating our neighborhoods and reconciling our differences, The Lonely Century offers a hopeful and empowering vision for how to heal our fractured communities and restore connection in our lives.”

Readings for students in the classroom:

Grades K-3: 

How to Code a Rollercoaster, by Josh Funk and illustrated by Sara Palacios


Grace Hopper: Queen of Computer Code, by Laurie Wallmark, and illustrated by Katy Wu


Grades 4-8: 

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Readers Edition, by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon


Calling All Minds: How to Think and Create Like an Inventor, by Temple Grandin


Grades 9-12: 

Terms and Conditions by Robert Sikoryak


Broad Band:The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet, by Claire Lisa Evans