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 http://www.novemberlearning.com/blc.

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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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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.

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