Category: BLC

May. 20, 2016

Linda Liukas Podcasts

Linda Liukas, from Helsinki, Finland, is a children’s book author and developer who has pioneered a very fresh approach to teaching young children to think like an inventor on their way to learning how to code. Linda is our final keynote at BLC16.

1. Linda Liukas on teaching children to think like inventors


2. Linda Liukas, a student’s reflections of the Finnish school system

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May. 3, 2016

Ted Dintersmith on his film, “Most Likely To Succeed”

Reflections of Ted Dintersmith on the impact of his wildly successful education documentary, “Most Likely To Succeed”.

Ted will be at BLC16 to showcase rough cuts of his next film and discuss Most Likely To Succeed.

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Jul. 14, 2015

David Malan on CS50 for AP CS Principles curriculum

David will be returning to BLC16 Education Conference to announce how Middle and High School around the world can enroll in CS50 AP and be supported by their home teacher.

David Malan joins Alan to offer a glimpse of CS50 AP, an adaption of CS50 for high schools that will satisfy the new AP CS Principles curriculum.

CS50 is Harvard University’s introductory course for majors and non-majors alike, a one-semester amalgam of courses generally known as CS1 and CS2. In 2007, we set out to alter the course’s style and tone to resonate with those “less comfortable” and “more comfortable” alike, albeit without […]

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Jun. 4, 2015

BLC Preview with Blake Copeland

Today, Alan speaks with Blake Copeland, who will be one of the keynote panel speakers at BLC15 this summer in Boston. Alan and Blake discuss the lack of computer programming courses offered at the high school level and Blake’s drive to learn outside of the classroom.

To join the fun yourself, this July in Boston, visit

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Mar. 17, 2014

Motivating Learners with Khan Academy – An Interview with Bonnie Murphy

Today, Alan speaks with Bonnie Murphy, fifth grade teacher at Bryantville Elementary School in Pembroke, Massachusetts. Bonnie explains her students increased motivation in math through the use of Kahn Academy, even after being initially hesitant in implementing the site into her class.

Bonnie is a past participant of our Building Learning Communities Conference, and she told us that the event led to tremendous professional growth. To join the fun yourself, this July in Boston, visit

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Mar. 10, 2014

Shifting the Learning Ecology – An Interview with Ewan McIntosh

In this episode, Alan speaks with Ewan McIntosh, Founder of NoTosh, out of Edinburgh, Scotland. The two begin with a discussion about Ewan’s work with design thinking for developing a new learning ecology within an International Baccalaureate school in Barcelona, Spain. This leads in to a conversation about the emotional process teachers go through in relinquishing some of their established control within the classroom. Finally, they discuss the role of school leaders and the key shifts they must make in order to jump into the design thinking process within their schools.

Ewan has been a keynote speaker, a pre-conference master […]

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Mar. 3, 2014

Nurturing the Library as a Learning Commons – An Interview with Shannon Miller

Welcome to the November Learning Podcast Series. In this episode, Alan speaks to Shannon Miller, Teacher Librarian and Technology Specialist at Van Meter Community School in Van Meter, Iowa. The two discuss today’s enhanced role of a library as a learning commons, how parental involvement is vital within her learning space, how giving ownership of learning to students accentuates their interest in learning and why being globally connected is a necessity for any modern-day educator.

Shannon will be a keynote speaker, a pre-conference master class facilitator and a session presenter at this year’s BLC conference. For more information and to […]

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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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Oct. 31, 2012

Building Learning Communities Conference – Registration is Now Open!

The early registration of our extraordinary annual BUILDING LEARNING COMMUNITIES 2013 CONFERENCE is now open! BLC 2013 is promises to be the premiere global event for bringing together the globe’s leading educators and innovators for transforming education in the 21st century. Find out more, register today, and then book your stay in Boston—this life-changing event sells out every year.

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Sep. 28, 2012

Transforming Geometry with Creativity, Depth, and Student Ownership

In this episode, Alan speaks to Jessica Caviness, geometry teacher at Coppell High School in Texas and winner of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching . The two will discuss Jessica’s use of Twitter to engage her students in real-life applications of geometry. Supporting examples of this work can be found in a blog post titled Connecting Students to Geometry Through Twitter and an article titled How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool.

To learn more about this type of teaching and learning with Twitter, we invite you to Boston to attend our Building Learning Communities Summer Conference. More information on our conference is also available at

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