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Apr. 24, 2017

Podcast with Dr. Zoran Popivic: Learning from Learning Games

Only listen to this podcast if you want your mind blown about how we can re-think motivation and achievement, especially for our lowest performing students. Get ready to unlearn! Dr. Zoran Popovic is a seminal thinker and researcher who leads the game learning group at the University of Washington and we are proud to announce will be keynoting BLC17 in Boston July 26th.

Join us at BLC17 to share strategies to teach critical thinking on the web and many other leading edge topics. BLC17 is Massive fun for the brain and heart. Education Conference 2017

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Mar. 6, 2017

Lee Ann Potter – Primary Source Documents and Media Across the Curriculum

This podcast was produced in partnership with Cisco Education

Lee Ann Potter is the Director of Education Outreach for the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Join us at BLC17 to share strategies to teach critical thinking on the web and many other leading edge topics. BLC17 is Massive fun for the brain and heart. Education Conference 2017

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Feb. 27, 2017

Dr. Eric Mazur – Moving from Paper to Digital

This podcast was produced in partnership with Cisco Education

Dr. Eric Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics and Area Dean for Applied Physics at Harvard University. He joins Alan to discuss his classrooms evolution of learning from paper to digital.

Join us at BLC17 to share strategies to teach critical thinking on the web and many other leading edge topics. BLC17 is Massive fun for the brain and heart. Education Conference 2017

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Feb. 13, 2017

Dr. Rob Evans – Managing Change

This podcast was produced in partnership with Cisco Education

Dr. Rob Evans is a psychologist and school consultant. He joins Alan to discuss how to manage change and sustain success.

Join us at BLC17 to share strategies to teach critical thinking on the web and many other leading edge topics. BLC17 is Massive fun for the brain and heart. Education Conference 2017

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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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Jul. 15, 2010

It’s about story… and connection

(A colleague of mine says I need to put a disclaimer on this post — affirming this is a true story, because when I told her about it, she didn’t believe me.)

Yesterday afternoon I presented for the first time as a mainstream BLC presenter. For me, this was nothing short of a VERY BIG DEAL. My session was about data visualization. In short, how new technologies and transparent access to real-world data make it possible to “democratize” visualization. We focused on a site called Many Eyes, the best known application of which is Wordle.

I decided to frame my presentation around myself as a learner, because I’m not the […]

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Jul. 15, 2010

Headed to the front row…

BLC is an environment and learning culture like no other that I’ve experienced in my professional life.  Where else do our teachers sit alongside us as co-learners, asking for our ideas, and working as colleagues to unravel some of what makes teaching with new literacies practices so complex (and exciting)?  We are all learners here.  And, maybe that is why I woke up well ahead of the alarm this morning – shot out of bed – and was ready for the learning to continue (no matter what the clock said).

Or, it could be that I’m headed to the front […]

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Jul. 11, 2010

Let the Learning Begin

Getting ready to travel to Boston is always exciting, but tonight it is especially so because tomorrow is the first day of BLC10 – the pre-conference. If you haven’t been before, but are joining us this year, get ready for the learning experience of a lifetime. Alan November has a knack for collecting energetic, innovative, inspirational advocates for education. This will make the eleventh year that they have converged together for one week during the summer months to push, stretch, and invigorate the path of educators from all over the world. All levels and disciplines are represented; superintendents, university professors, […]

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Dec. 10, 2009

Choices

Last summer, I had the opportunity to work with a lovely group of educators from the Montcalm School District. They invited me to lead a two-day teacher workshop on using technology in the classroom. Recently I had a chance to visit their schools and talk to a few of the teachers that participated in the summer training. I’m glad I did. I was pleased to learn that the teachers were using some of the ideas and tools we had discussed in the workshop. It felt good to know that I had a small part in bringing about changes in their […]

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