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Feb. 17, 2014

Students Teaching Students Through Club Academia – An Interview with Shilpa Yarlagadda

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan speaks with Shilpa Yarlagadda, a current student at Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and founder of Club Academia. Alan and Shilpa discuss how Club Academia, a global resource of education material created for students and by students came to be. They also discuss how the work in Club Academia is highly valued by many students as well as how the Club Academia team ensures that their published work is of the highest quality.

Shilpa will be a keynote speaker and presenter at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts in […]

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Feb. 9, 2014

Learn to Code; Code to Learn – An Interview with Dr. Mitch Resnick

In this episode of the November Learning Podcasts Series, Alan speaks with Dr. Mitch Resnick, Professor of Learning Research and Director of the Scratch Team at MIT. The two discuss why coding is such an important element to bring into the educational process, at all ages, and they exchange their ideas on why global publication through an online community add an important aspect into this online, coding tool. In the end, Dr. Resnick also shares an exciting announcement about upcoming developments.

Dr. Resnick and the Scratch team will lead a pre-conference master class at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts […]

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Jan. 21, 2014

You’re Never Too Young to Go Global – An Interview with Kathy Cassidy

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan speaks with Kathy Cassidy, a first grade teacher in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Since 2005, Kathy’s first grade classes have shared their learning with the world through a class blog. Kathy shares how this opportunity has expanded the boundaries of learning with classrooms around the world, and has helped her students become leaders in building online community. Additionally, Kathy shares the thoughtful process she uses in keeping her students safe as they share in this online environment.

Kathy will be a presenter at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts in July. […]

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Dec. 7, 2013

The most successful students are those who feel real “ownership” of their education

Via a blog bost by Joshua Koen :

Thomas Friedman, in his Op Ed post in the New York Times,  Can’t We Do Better?, summarizes the results from “. . .the Program for International Student Assessment, or PISA, which compare how well 15-year-olds in 65 cities and countries can apply math, science and reading skills to solve real-world problems” as “. . .the most successful students are those who feel real ‘ownership‘ of their education. In all the best performing school systems, said Schleicher, ‘students feel they personally can make a difference in their own outcomes and that education will make a difference for their […]

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Jun. 11, 2013

Connecting the “Dots” of Creativity – An Interview with Peter Reynolds

Alan is honored to have this interview with Peter Reynolds; award-winning author & illustrator of children’s books and founder of FableVision. Peter shares inspiring stories of how he started publishing newspapers with his brother when he was in first grade and how his math teacher changed his life by embracing his interests when he was twelve. These experiences guide Peter’s thoughts about the role of creativity for students, teachers and the very core of what education can be.

Peter will be a presenter at the 2013 Building Learning Communities Education Conference,  http://www.novemberlearning.com/blc. We invite you to BLC. Peter invites you to the creative studios at FableVision, on the waterfront in Boston, during the BLC festivities.

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May. 6, 2013

Guest Post – Implementing the First 5 Days

The following post has been cross posted by permission of author and #BLC12 attendee, Dáithí Murray.

I was introduced to the hashtag #1st5days on the first day of the Building Learning Communities conference in Boston this summer. Host, Alan November, challenged delegates to try something new, something different in their classrooms on their return and to write about it, share it, tweet it, blog it and to use the hashtag #1st5days wherever possible.

The idea is simple, yet profound. Alan was challenging us to make the first five days of term a launchpad for a change in our practice, and more importantly to share this phenomenon with teachers and interested others in the online world.

So what […]

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Feb. 21, 2013

New Article: Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing

As many schools and districts are now rushing to buy every student a digital device, our concern is that most one-to-one implementation strategies are based on the new tool as the focus of the program. Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.

In this article, Alan explains how a simple shift in language (one-to-world rather than one-to-one) can help jump start discussions that focus more heavily on teaching and learning, rather than on the devices themselves.

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Jan. 10, 2013

The World has become “Too Big to Know” – An Interview with David Weinberger

In this podcast episode, Alan November speaks to David Weinberger, Internet philosopher and author of the book, Too Big to Know. The two discuss what knowledge means and what type of learning must take place in a connected world of overabundant information. Alan and David share a series of ideas and stories that will have you thinking more about the structure of assignments in your classroom.

David will be a returning keynote speaker at this year’s Building Learning Communities conference. We invite you to join him and us in Boston this July. For more information, visit http://www.novemberlearning.com.

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Dec. 10, 2012

Implementing the First 5 Days – An Interview with Ian VanderSchee

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan November speaks to Ian VanderSchee, an upper level mathematics teacher at Coppell High School, in Texas. The two discuss Ian’s implementation of Alan’s “First 5 Days” ideas at the start of this school year and how these ideas have positively impacted his students ever since.

To learn more about these and other possible “First 5 Days” implementations, we encourage you to read Alan’s book, Who Owns the Learning, and we invite you to attend the Building Learning Communities conference being held this summer in Boston. You can learn about […]

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