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.

So what […]

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Feb. 21, 2013

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

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.

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Jan. 10, 2013

The World has become “Too Big to Know” – An Interview with David Weinberger

In this podcast episode, Alan November speaks to David Weinberger, Internet philosopher and author of the book, Too Big to Know. The two discuss what knowledge means and what type of learning must take place in a connected world of overabundant information. Alan and David share a series of ideas and stories that will have you thinking more about the structure of assignments in your classroom.

David will be a returning keynote speaker at this year’s Building Learning Communities conference. We invite you to join him and us in Boston this July. For more information, visit

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Dec. 10, 2012

Implementing the First 5 Days – An Interview with Ian VanderSchee

In this episode of the November Learning Podcast Series, Alan November speaks to Ian VanderSchee, an upper level mathematics teacher at Coppell High School, in Texas. The two discuss Ian’s implementation of Alan’s “First 5 Days” ideas at the start of this school year and how these ideas have positively impacted his students ever since.

To learn more about these and other possible “First 5 Days” implementations, we encourage you to read Alan’s book, Who Owns the Learning, and we invite you to attend the Building Learning Communities conference being held this summer in Boston. You can learn about […]

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Dec. 3, 2012

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

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 and sponsored by ePals.

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Nov. 15, 2012

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

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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Nov. 14, 2012

Talk to us! Favorite Twitter User, Common Core Resource or iOS Apps?

One of our new goals is to highlight a series of favorite things coming from our friends. Some of these favorite things include:
  • Favorite Twitter user or use of Twitter – We want to hear more than just about your best friend or someone who shares great resources. In this category, we are looking for educators and students who are using Twitter to go above and beyond in unique ways. We want to hear about those using Twitter to carry out authentic assignments and to work with global counterparts.
  • Favorite Common Core resource – As schools and districts make […]

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Oct. 31, 2012

Welcome to the New November Learning Website!

We’re excited to share our new space with you, so take a look around.

You’ll find the leading-edge news and inspiring stories that you’ve come to expect from our team of education leaders, plus more details about our professional development services, which provide the inspiration and knowledge to help educators and administrators enact important changes across the curriculum. In addition to our world-renowned keynote presentations, we are proud to offer Innovation Planning Partnerships, workshops, mini-conferences and mentoring. Which one is right for you? Explore our Services page and find out.

Our thought-provoking Resources area has been enhanced with even more impactful information, and reorganized for easier access to our transformational insights. […]

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Oct. 31, 2012

Building Learning Communities Conference – Registration is Now Open!

The early registration of our extraordinary annual BUILDING LEARNING COMMUNITIES 2018 CONFERENCE is now open! BLC 2018 is promises to be the premiere global event for bringing together the globe’s leading educators and innovators for transforming education in the 21st century. Find out more, register today, and then book your stay in Boston—this life-changing event sells out every year.

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