November Learning education workshops for educators offer focused instruction on specific topics. Powerful and direct, workshops are flexible in format and tailored by our expert team just for your district or school so the materials and themes suit your audience and needs. Your organization will leave with a new mindset towards transforming education, teaching strategies to motivate learners of all abilities and the knowledge to supporting authentic technology use across the curriculum. More hands-on than a keynote presentation, this professional development service offers a 25:1 participant-to-instructor ratio to maximize your November Learning experience. We invite you to book a workshop in conjunction with a keynote presentation or on its own.

Web-based workshops are also available.

Key concepts:

  • Web literacy, critical thinking and the grammar of the Internet
  • 21st century learning skills and objectives
  • Authentic student collaboration and assessment
  • Motivating students and fostering a powerful work ethic
  • Cultivating a new culture of teaching and learning

Education Workshop Topics

Get ready for change! November Learning keynotes and workshops awaken participants to our transformational ideas about education, along with our compelling core beliefs for creating empathic, lifelong learners. Choose the topic that’s right for your school(s) and stakeholders, and we’ll customize the message to address your specific situation. You might also consider our Keynotes and Mini-Conferences.

Teaching Zack to Think: Developing Critical Thinking Skills

Too many students are unable to separate fact from fiction on the Internet. We can teach students how to read the “grammar” of the Internet and apply strategies to validate information. This popular workshop provides step-by-step teaching tips for helping students, teachers and administrators think critically about Internet information.

Web Literacy for Elementary Students (an elementary level version of Teaching Zack to Think)

In today’s Web-driven world, it is essential to teach young children the grammar and literacy skills to be safe and skilled “Web detectives.” This workshop will provide teachers and administrators with an overview of how to teach elementary students to choose the right search engine, find who controls the information, and develop early cross-referencing strategies. Participants will also learn how to incorporate age-appropriate bogus websites into the curriculum to help children question web-based content.

Who Owns the Learning

Placing easy-to-use digital tools in the hands of our students can result in creative solutions that help classmates learn. We know that many children prefer to learn from their peers, yet this technique is often underestimated and underused in today’s classrooms. Encouraging students to contribute to their learning community is a powerful and effective way to improve achievement. We’ll show you how.

First 5 Days: Building a Culture for Year Long Success

The first five days of school can prepare students to “learn how to learn” and yield achievement dividends all year.   By preparing students to own  their learning and to manage tools and networks that will support them throughout the school year, we better prepare them for academic success.   Web literacy, student as tutorial designer, self assessment, peer to peer support and more will be  covered. A culture of empowered learning can help save teachers valuable time and inspire students.

The Common Core Meets Digital Literacy

Now that the Common Core is moving assessment to a digital device, our students will be faced with much more complex items than with a paper and pencil test. In a addition, the Common Core requires that our students learn more about the application of knowledge and there will be more focus on informational texts and how to communicate with a wide range of media. In this workshop educators will learn how to:

  • Help students to make meaning of a range of media sources
  • Learn how to validate digital content
  • Help students develop their capacity to question, discover, connect, collaborate and contribute on a global scale.

A teacher’s guidance in the complex and overwhelming world of digital media and the Common Core is more important than ever.

Creating a New Culture of Teaching and Learning

Access to timely information and communication tools can empower educators to focus on the individual learning needs of their students. These same tools can lead to a wealth of benefits, such as greater collegiality, stronger relationships, self-directed students, curriculum-aligned technology, authentic work, rigorous and motivating assignments, and the development of a strong learning community. Learn all about this potent new culture of empowered teaching and fearless learning.

Global Communication

Learning is social. An audience of one, the teacher, is no longer sufficient to prepare students for success in the global economy. Now is the time for educators to tap into safe and moderated social web-based tools to expand the audience for student work. At the same time, we can provide role models of appropriate, ethical behavior on the Web. Find out how building learning communities across all subject areas can encourages students to take greater responsibility for the quality of their work and to make contributions to other students.

Leadership: Managing the Transition

Listen as we outline essential skills for leadership and offer both practical guidelines and creative solutions for building accountability into the planning and implementation process. Articulating vision and mission, managing change, and aligning technology to primary curricular goals are emphasized. We will explore the “leader as a role model” concept and look at various professional development opportunities, such as joining a global professional community.

Writing, Writing, Writing

Writing is an essential skill for life and a key to academic success. Technology can be harnessed to provide student writers with unlimited inspiration, boundless resources, and an authentic audience – all keys to improving students’ writing skills, as well as their motivation to write. With technology, students can publish their work, peer-edit, share ideas, and post projects in a global forum. This keynote/workshop is filled with concrete suggestions, website examples, and effective exercises to get your students excited about writing.

Finding Meaning in the Masses: Maximizing Your Professional Learning Community

Have you been on Twitter for a while? Do you feel like something is missing? There’s a good chance that you are not maximizing your experience. Signing up for and learning the basics of using social tools are generally pretty easy. But to really gain value, you need to understand the more advanced features of what these tools have to offer. This workshop will provide you with several examples of how to tweak your usage to gain the most value out of your time online.

Connective Learning: An Introduction to Google Tools in Education

Learn how to tap Google’s free online toolset and knock down the walls of your classroom, engage students and make connections in new and exciting ways. During this session you will build robust learning solutions that you can immediately apply in your classroom. Develop a custom search engine based on your particular subject area or unit of study. Create an interactive map for your literature, history, math or science class. With these and other open-ended tools, the options are endless.

Implementing the Three Pillars of Web Literacy

In a series of recent articles, Alan November and Brian Mull explain that Web literacy now expands beyond understanding how to effectively use a search engine for research. Now, it is vital for teachers and students to understand the three pillars of Web literacy to maximize the critical thinking process.

First, there must be an understanding of effective search and validation strategies when using search engines like Google. Secondly, there needs to be an organizational method for effectively harnessing this content. Finally, there is a need for students to connect and collaborate with others around the world to gain further insight into the knowledge they find.

This session will look at how effective search and validation techniques combined with tools like Diigo and Twitter can build better researchers.

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Successful Parenting to Launch Your Child into the Digital World

As a parent purchasing cell phones, iPads and/or laptops for your kids, are you taking the necessary steps to understand the implications of these purchases? Schools are ramping up their ability to best prepare students for learning in a digital world, and it’s critical that they have your support. This session will outline the role parents must play, working in tandem with teachers, to help students understand the educational and ethical impact of their time online. You will learn how your kids can dig deeper into topics and better organize their learning, how they can connect globally with experts and peers, as well as how to help kids understand the ethics behind working and playing online.

Assignment Make Over Design Studio

The central work for educators, as we move beyond learning how specific tools and apps work, is to design assignments that can tap the full power of the digital learning environment.  In this full day Design Studio educators bring their favorite projects or assignments for a “Make Over”.  The schedule will include a review of how to expand the boundaries of existing assignments to include:

  • Critical thinking on the web
  • Global audience
  • Authentic Work
  • Student self-assessment
  • Making Student Thinking Visible
  • Collaborative projects
  • Increased student engagement
  • Student documentation of learning

The day will introduce some tools such as Prism, Verso and Sway.  However, the focus will be on developing a design framework for creating more rigorous demanding and inspiring assignments. Teams are encouraged including: teachers, school leaders, librarians, tech and academic coaches, district leaders with an option to bring students.  It is hoped that these teams will be able to build further capacity with colleagues.

The workshop will be led by Alan November.  There will be an option for teams to return for a day of sharing results. The tone of the workshop is a balance of presentation, design and feedback to created assignments.

Bring a team and tickle your brain!