Professor Angela McFarlane – BLC07 Keynote

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We invite you to listen to Professor Angela McFarlane from the University of Bristol. This podcast was recorded at the Building Learning Communities Conference in Boston, MA July 2007. In this keynote address, Professor McFarlane discusses Online Communities of Learning: Lessons from the Worlds of Games and Play.

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Alan November interviews Angela McFarlane

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In this episode Alan interviews Professor Angela McFarlane, from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. This conversation was recorded in Belfast, Northern Ireland during the Xchange conference in June 2006. Alan and Professor McFarlane discuss a variety of topics including designing more meaningful work for students and the digital divide. We are honoured that Professor McFarlane will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Building Learning Communities conference July 16 through 20 in Boston. For more information visit our site: Novemberlearning.com.

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Alan November interviews Dr. Mitchel Resnick

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In this episode Alan interviews Dr. Mitchel Resnick from the MIT Media Lab in Cambridge MA. Dr. Resnick discusses the work he is doing with the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at MIT in designing software for students that promotes creativity and critical thinking skills. Dr. Resnick will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference. As well, we are offering four pre-conference hands-on sessions at MIT to work directly with Dr. Resnick and his group.

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Global Conversations with Instant Messaging

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In this episode, Brian Mull talks to Seth Bowers of Deerfield Public Schools in Illinois, who has been doing some exciting work with his teachers using blogs and instant messaging technology. Seth starts off by discussing a globalization project he was involved in, and he continues the conversation by highlighting other projects his school is working on and how the community has become an important role player in his school’s success.

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Podcasting Student Voices

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In this podcast, Brian Mull talks to Bob Sprankle of Wells Elementary School about his third and fourth grade students’ experiences with podcasting. The conversation includes the process Bob used in helping students develop their podcast prowess, the impact that their work has made on a larger community and Bob’s tips to help any teacher get started with their first educational podcast. Be sure to visit www.bobsprankle.com to hear examples of the work of these students.

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