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Raw Materials for the Mind

by David F. Warlick

What People are Saying about Raw Materials for the Mind


"Finally... a book that goes way beyond just finding information on the Internet. Raw Materials for the Mind shows you practical and effective ways to refine and employ that information in your instructional program. David Warlick mines over 12 years of in-the-trenches telecommunications and curriculum experience to share how the Internet can help you meet new curriculum challenges in a connected world. I highly recommend this book to all professional educators. "

Al Rogers --
Founder & Executive Director, the Global SchoolNet Foundation

"David Warlick understands what digital technology means for education better than anyone I know. Raw Materials for the Mind shows educators a powerful strategy for using the Internet. Students not only have access to information, but as Warlick demonstrates, they can actively use it to design and build learning projects of their own. Any teacher with a computer in the classroom needs this book."

Paul Gilster --
Author of Digital Literacy and The Internet Navigator

"...I asked my colleague why we should bring an educator from America to talk to our teachers about the Internet.  She handed me David's book, Raw Materials for the Mind, and asked me to read it.  That night I sat down to scan through the first chapter and didn't put the book down until I finished it at four or five the next morning."

Prof Po Choy Wong of the Chinese University in Hong Kong
Introducing David Warlick at an address
in Sha Tin, Hong Kong, China

"I took time from my 'Bonnie (the hurricane) clean-up' to review Raw Materials for the Mind and found it hard to put it down. It is filled with practical, "real life" scenarios and examples that teachers can use immediately in their classrooms to both motivate students and help them develop the information processing skills that will be essential in the next century.

As a former school librarian who spent endless hours teaching students the importance of acquiring critical reading, listening, and viewing skills, I was very pleased to see the importance David Warlick placed on teaching students of today how to research, evaluate and use Internet resources.

One analogy that Mr. Warlick used ----'that we must become miners of information raw materials capable of finding just the right quality of ore among an enormous variety of extraneous minerals'-----sums up the enormous responsibility that we, as educators, have to teach students effective 'mining' skills and techniques for using the Internet."

Elsie Brumback --
Director of Educational Technology Programs,
North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

"Warlick's observations about the opportunities for educational change through technology are both thought provoking and inspirational. However, what I feel is unique about Warlick's presentation in his book is his ability to move his readers from a broad conceptual framework of the evolving digital world to concrete examples of project-based learning with specific suggestions of ways to integrate software and the Internet. Warlick breaks down technology-based projects into three stages: researching and downloading information; processing the information using software that enhances understanding; and creating and publishing the final results. For each of these steps, Warlick provides a "big picture" overview, concrete direc-tions for resources and tools currently available, and then project examples.  (Read this review in it's entirety) "

Kay Haskel --
Library Media Specialist
Uper Merion Area Middle School