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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Feb. 24, 2014

Transforming the Math Classroom With Flipped Instruction – An Interview with Stacey Roshan

In this episode, Alan speaks with Stacey Roshan, an AP Calculus and Algebra II teacher at Bullis School in Potomac, Maryland. Alan talks with Stacey about the transformation of her classroom to one that utilizes the flipped classroom model, after attending BLC in 2010. Using this model, Stacey has seen vast improvement in her students understanding of advanced math concepts. Her insights on how she got started, how she got her message out to parents and how she manages her class will be very valuable to those looking to make this shift.

Stacey will run a pre-conference master class and […]

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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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