Shifting the Learning Ecology – An Interview with Ewan McIntosh

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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 class facilitator and a session presenter at BLC for many years. Though he is taking this year off from our conference, we do encourage you to join us and many other world-class presenters and colleagues in Boston this July. Visit http://www.novemberlearning.com/blc for more details.

Nurturing the Library as a Learning Commons – An Interview with Shannon Miller

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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 register, visit http://novemberlearning.com/blc.

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

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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 will be a presenter at this year’s Building Learning Communities Conference, being held in Boston, Massachusetts in July. We look forward to having you join our global community.

Enjoy the podcast!

Sample screencasts are available at http://about.me/staceyroshan/

New Article: Why Schools Must Move Beyond One-to-One Computing

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As many schools and districts are now rushing to buy every student a digital device, our concern is that most one-to-one implementation strategies are based on the new tool as the focus of the program. Unless we break out of this limited vision that one-to-one computing is about the device, we are doomed to waste our resources.

In this article, Alan explains how a simple shift in language (one-to-world rather than one-to-one) can help jump start discussions that focus more heavily on teaching and learning, rather than on the devices themselves.

Free Webinar: How Social Learning Networks Built for Education Drive Innovation

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How can principals, technology directors and curriculum coordinators ensure students and teachers are armed with the full suite of tools required for 21st century innovation? Join education thoughtleaders Alan November of November Learning and Tim DiScipio of ePals on December 10th from 4 – 5 PM ET for a discussion on how learning networks honed through years of educator feedback are maximized to promote digital-era collaboration, content curation, streamlined workflow, and a generally efficient digital school ecosystem, in ways mainstream tools aren’t designed to do.

Click here to register now for this free webinar, provided by edWeb.net and sponsored by ePals.

Top 10 Takeaways from Alan November’s “Who Owns the Learning”

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One of our blogging friends, The Incidental Techie (@teacherdebra), has just posted her top 10 takeaways from Alan November’s book, Who Owns the Learning. She begins:

“I recently read Alan November’s book, Who Owns the Learning and, of course, was inspired again, by what I read. I have heard Alan November speak live and as I read, heard his easy-mannered voice come through each word on the page. Many highlights later, I thought I would share some with you.”

Read the rest of her post, here. Then, we invite you to read Who Owns the Learning for yourself.

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