Transforming Geometry with Creativity, Depth, and Student Ownership

Transforming Geometry with Creativity, Depth, and Student Ownership

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In this episode, Alan speaks to Jessica Caviness, geometry teacher at Coppell High School in Texas and winner of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching . The two will discuss Jessica’s use of Twitter to engage her students in real-life applications of geometry. Supporting examples of this work can be found in a blog post titled Connecting Students to Geometry Through Twitter and an article titled How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool.

To learn more about this type of teaching and learning with Twitter, we invite you to Boston to attend our Building Learning Communities Summer Conference. More information on our conference is also available at novemberlearning.com.

How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool

How Twitter Can Be Used as a Powerful Educational Tool

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In the third part of their three-part series on eSchool News, Alan and Brian demonstrate how Twitter can be used in any classroom to connect students to the world and provide students with immediate, practical, real-world problems.

If you missed part one or part two of the series, we invite you to read them before reading the final installment.

After reading the article, we invite you to come back and share your thoughts.

 

Web Literacy: Where the Common Core Meets Common Sense

Web Literacy: Where the Common Core Meets Common Sense

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In the second of their three-part series revisiting Alan’s earlier article, Teaching Zack to Think, Alan November and Brian Mull dig deeper into their three pillars of Web literacy. They share examples that demonstrate the struggles that the majority of students and adults have effectively researching on the Web. In addition, they share techniques that can be used to boost research effectiveness.

Also, Alan and Brian expand on two driving forces that create an urgency to redefine what it means to be literate in today’s world: common sense and the Common Core.

If you missed part one of the series, we invite you to read it before reading the new article. Stay tuned for part three.

Why More Schools Aren’t Teaching Web Literacy—and How They Can Start

Why More Schools Aren’t Teaching Web Literacy—and How They Can Start

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Fourteen years after writing Teaching Zack to Think, there is still no Internet skill more critical than Web literacy. However, simply teaching students to be able to search for and validate information is not enough. The ever-growing amount of information on the Web and the immediate access to experts and peers from around the world create great opportunities for thoughtfully organizing and expanding upon learning.

Alan November and Brian Mull have recently written an article titled Why More Schools Aren’t Teaching Web Literacy—and How They Can Startwhich now appears on the eSchool News site and discusses a three-part framework for making sure students are Internet savvy.

You are invited to read this article and share your thoughts and questions here.

IdeaJam Videos Posted – Moderated by Alan November

IdeaJam Videos Posted – Moderated by Alan November

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We recently announced that Alan November would be moderating an interactive, global event on May 2nd, 2011. IdeaJam, sponsored by Intel and Google/YouTube and produced by Katalyst, asked participants to problem-solve and create new ideas for classroom design that integrate technology and help boost creativity.

The opening discussion of this event was presented before an audience and was also broadcast on the Web so that educators from around the world could take part in the dialogue. The recordings of this live broadcast our now on the Web and available to all.

IdeaJam: Education Live Stream – Alan November’s Introduction
IdeaJam: Education Live Stream – Q&A Part 1
IdeaJam: Education Live Stream – Eric Marcos’ Class
IdeaJam: Education Live Stream – Skype Sessions
IdeaJam: Education Live Stream – Q&A Part 2

Within these videos are discussions with several educators from across the country who are helping their students to engage and excel through the use of critical thinking skills and tools available to them on the Web. Some of these educators, including Eric Marcos, Garth Holman, Michael Pennington, Aaron Sams and Jonathan Bergmann, will also be presenters at BLC11, this July in Boston. We encourage you to watch the videos, then come out and meet these fantastic educators. Register now!

After viewing the videos above, you might also be interested in these additional resources.

Alan November’s Article – The Digital Learning Farm
Talking Student Tutorials (Part 1): A Podcast with Eric Marcos
Talking Student Tutorials (Part 2): A Podcast with Eric Marcos
Building Legacy Within a Textbook: A Podcast with Garth Holman and Michael Pennington
Flipped Model of Learning: A Podcast with Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams

November Learning, Intel, Google and YouTube Partner for IdeaJam

November Learning, Intel, Google and YouTube Partner for IdeaJam

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How can we help prepare students for the future and encourage them to dream bigger, think creatively and develop innovative solutions?

On May 2nd, educators, experts, parents, teachers and students from a variety of backgrounds and points of view will come together in Los Angeles to flex their creative muscles on teaching and learning solutions. The IdeaJam, moderated by Alan November, sponsored by Intel and Google/YouTube and produced by Katalyst, will ask participants to problem-solve and create new ideas for classroom design that integrate technology and help boost creativity. Many of the ideas that will be discussed directly relate to Alan’s article, The Digital Learning Farm.

The IdeaJam program is a truly interactive experience. Technology will help elevate the discussion to a higher level, creating a conversation around creativity and education, and will allow for a robust dialogue that happens both in the room and live, online. You can join in the conversation on Twitter @IntelEdge or check out the livestream on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9YULZJwJuI. The stream will begin at 9:30am PT on May 2nd.

Learn more about the background of this event here.

We hope you will join the fun!

And don’t forget, to continue these important discussions, come join us and our friends from around the world at BLC11 this summer in Boston. Click here to learn more and to register.

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