Monthly Archives: July 2010

Jul. 29, 2010

Talking Student Tutorials with Eric Marcos – Part 2 of 2

This is the second part of Alan’s discussion with Eric Marcos, BLC presenter and middle school teacher in Santa Monica, CA. In this episode, Eric, his students and Alan focus on the student created tutorials’ impact on how students are learning and how Eric can evaluate problems individual students might be having.

Eric also describes the skills and equipment that teachers would need to start a similar program in addition to new opportunities that his classes are becoming involved with through their work.

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Jul. 26, 2010

Talking Student Tutorials with Eric Marcos – Part 1 of 2

In this episode Alan speaks to Eric Marcos, BLC presenter and middle school teacher in Santa Monica, CA. Eric explains how one individual screencast tutorial made to help a student with homework blossomed into a robust tutorial site called MathTrain. Through this site, students have been empowered to create math tutorials for students in their class and around the world.

You will also learn from Eric and several of his students how this work has positively impacted everyone involved.

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Jul. 21, 2010

An Interview with Richard Halkett – Part 1 of 6

In this six part series Alan and Richard Halkett, Director of Strategy and Research in Global Education for Cisco, explore the issues facing today’s educators. Topics include:

  • Do public schools have time to change or is it too late?
  • A researched based look at 21st century skills
  • Schools who have begun the change process
  • Informal Learning
  • Technology and Crisis
  • The next steps

Richard Halkett brings a new perspective to current educational issues. We hope you enjoy this series.

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Jul. 16, 2010

What’s so great about BLC?

I posed this question on twitter:

Writing a blog post/summary of  #blc10 Help me. What is was/is your greatest learning moment of the conference? I’ll add your tweet. Go…

Here’s what I got:

A small sampling of responses but take some time to see if those ideas resonate with you. On a side note, notice the number of people that learned that weren’t even here. That’s pretty cool.

What amazes and pleases me is the way in which ideas and concepts seem to arise time and time again but in different context and forms. While diversity exists and is […]

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Jul. 16, 2010

Reinventing Yourself

Would you want to? If you could stay exactly who you are in the physical world, but reinvent your digital identity, would you?

As I was sitting is  Michael Wesch’s phenomenal keynote yesterday morning, I started thinking some more about my digital identity and jotted down some questions.
  • What would I do if I could go to a new school and reinvent myself?
  • Would I erase everything from the  Cloud ?
  • Would I include pictures of my children, family and friends online?
  • Would I share all of my lessons, presentations and my blog?

Jul. 16, 2010

Metaphor for Learning

Amazing ideas have surfaced and been fortified here at BLC10. This event has become an intensive summer professional development camp for me.  Many of us will share our percolating thoughts when the dust has settled and we are all comfortably home.  The subtle shifts in my awareness of essential ‘big ideas’ regarding my teaching and collaboration with other educators are profound. I cannot wait to begin planning for my students with my colleagues at home.  For now, since Rahaf Harfoush is about to give her keynote, I want to ask you to weigh in on something I heard in Darren Kuropatwa’s session this morning. […]

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Jul. 16, 2010

Have You Changed Your Mind?

On this last morning of BLC10, Alan has posed an interesting question, and we would love your feedback.

When you arrived at BLC, you arrived with a particular mindset. We are interested in hearing about what views, understandings and/or beliefs of yours have changed after attending this year’s conference.

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Jul. 16, 2010

10 Tips for Managing Information Overload

Yesterday at BLC I presented on how to manage information overload. Together we looked at the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment for this all too prevalent problem. Here is a list of 10 things you can do to keep your Online life under control. 1. Have compassion for yourself – We are all works in progress, don’t be too hard on yourself if you don’t know everything. No one can know everything. It is OK Not to know.

2. Measure – There are many tools that you can use to measure your use computer use. They run in the background and will […]

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