Monthly Archives: August 2010

Aug. 31, 2010

Is Your Class on Facebook? Should It Be?

At BLC10, we had the opportunity to have Erin and Devin Schoening, from Council Bluff, Iowa, present a session on how Facebook can be utilized in class with first grade students. You heard it right – first grade. The two explained how Erin’s class uses Facebook every day to connect with the families of her students as well as with other interested educators and administrators. During her session, she described the use of notes, private messages, picture sharing, video sharing, link sharing to keep up a dialogue amongst all of these parties.

As Erin and Devin were quick to explain, this was not an overnight […]

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Aug. 25, 2010

An Interview with Richard Halkett – Part 2 of 6

In part two of this series, Alan November and Richard Halkett discuss the demand for Global Skills based on data from the past twenty years. Richard is the Director of Strategy, Research and Global Education for Cisco Systems. In the podcast, Richard examines the polarization of jobs for our students into routine and non-routine work. We think you will enjoy his unique vision of the skills our students will need in the Global Economy.

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Aug. 24, 2010

Student Scribes with Darren Kuropatwa – Part 3 of 3

In this final segment of Alan’s conversation with Darren Kuropatwa, the discussion shifts to classwork and homework assignments. Specifically, the two emphasize the need for change in the types of assignments teachers give to best make use of the content to which students now have access.

Darren has been a presenter at our Building Learning Communities conference.

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Aug. 23, 2010

Student Scribes with Darren Kuropatwa – Part 2 of 3

In our previous episode with Darren Kuropatwa, Alan and darren discussed what impact having students publish to a global audience has had on them and on his classroom. In this episode, they continue by talking about how this publication has also led to a shift of control that fundamentally changes teaching and learning.

Alan and Darren also discuss the issues around professional development and personal development that need to be addressed to achieve building a classroom experience like the one he describes.

Darren has been a presenter at our Building Learning Communities conference.

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Aug. 17, 2010

Student Scribes with Darren Kuropatwa – Part 1 of 3

In a continuation of our series on student learning jobs, Alan speaks with Darren Kuropatwa, math teacher at  Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in Winnipeg, Manitoba. In the first part of this conversation, the two discuss Darren’s student scribe program, its impact within his classes, how he manages them and uses them as a part of his teaching and how global publication of student work has engaged his students and enhanced his classroom.

Darren has been a presenter at our Building Learning Communities conference.

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Aug. 3, 2010

Join Alan in a Seminar Hosted by Scientific Learning

Scientific Learning is hosting a series of complimentary Web seminars of interest to educators.

Alan will be leading one of these seminars on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2010 at 10:00 AM Pacific Time.

Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning A powerful new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning is emerging. Access to more timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to more collegiality, build stronger community relationships and empower students to be more self-directed. This webinar presents clear examples of […]

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