Linda Liukas Podcasts

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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.

Join us at BLC19 to share strategies to teach critical thinking on the web and many other leading edge topics. BLC19 is Massive fun for the brain and heart.
Education Conference 2019

1. Linda Liukas on teaching children to think like inventors

2. Linda Liukas, a student’s reflections of the Finnish school system

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.

Join us at BLC18 to share strategies to teach critical thinking on the web and many other leading edge topics. BLC18 is Massive fun for the brain and heart.
Education Conference 2018

David Malan on CS50 for AP CS Principles curriculum

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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 sacrificing the course’s historical rigor. We maintained the course’s underlying syllabus but revamped every problem set, providing students not only with more direction but context as well. And we augmented the course’s support structure.

As of 2014, CS50 is Harvard’s largest course with over 800 students, up from 132 in 2006, and those “less comfortable” now compose the course’s largest demographic. In 2015, CS50 will also be offered in parallel at Yale University. We present in this talk what we have done and why we have done it. We look at CS50’s online counterpart, CS50x, Harvard College’s first course to be offered on an even larger scale via edX with nearly 500,000 registrants.

David J. Malan is Gordon McKay Professor of the Practice of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and a Member of the Faculty of Education in the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. He received his A.B., S.M., and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the same in 1999, 2004, and 2007, respectively.

 

BLC Preview with Blake Copeland

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

Motivating Learners with Khan Academy – An Interview with Bonnie Murphy

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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.

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.

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