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Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom by Alan November

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Comment by A. Barr on March 13, 2011 at 10:38pm
This can happen, one class at at time!
Comment by Mary Lou Buell on March 13, 2011 at 2:46pm
I have seen this over a dozen times in the past few it every time.  Alan is excellent at explaining 21st century education AND putting it in historical context.  This "ed reform" that we are involved in is can't just force a system on young people that's unrelated to the life they live--like many who call themselves "reformers" do.
Comment by Wendy Lee on March 11, 2011 at 12:56am

Enjoyed his short video as he speaks from the heart as to the  direction the world is heading. We need to step back and let the students discuss and decide what they'd like to learn, in some areas.  Teachers can plan their curriculum with their enthusiasm in mind. 

I personally enjoyed watching him in his kitchen....he seemed so relaxed and talking as if we were having an everyday converstion on a loaded topic.

Comment by Amanda G.S. Wooley on March 9, 2011 at 8:10am

Inspirational!  Thank you for sharing.  I look forward to implementing some of these ideas/strategies in the coming school year.

Comment by Courtney Jablonski on February 3, 2011 at 12:30pm

Alan November hit the nail right on the head...there has to be a shift in paradigm and control if we want to help our students flourish and succeed in today's global society.

Comment by Rodrigo Bottura on July 29, 2010 at 8:52pm
I attended a workshop on technology the other day and what really struck me was that the teacher disappeared amidst all the resources he was sharing. He somehow stepped aside and worked as a mediator, supporting and coaching, but never calling for exclusive attention at the center of the room. I guess this is what November refers to as being comfortable with shifting control. Teachers there took ownership of their learning, as we should expect our students to do.
Comment by Ron King on July 19, 2010 at 8:05pm
I loved the video....I also took notes, then went to his webpage ( to get more information. Read his "Students as Contributors" paper. Very useful and doable...I plan to implement some of his strategies in the fall. Thanks for sharing!
Comment by Lisa Michelle Dabbs on April 13, 2010 at 3:09pm
Shelly, Had not had a chance to watch this. Did so today. So powerful,and beautiful. November's ideas are those that I have held in my mind and work for quite sometime. Just not had a way to so clearly articulate them. His 1-4 points are critical, teachable, doable. Actually took notes while viewing! I'm inspired! Thanks friend for posting. Made my day!
Comment by Debbie Mitchell on March 1, 2010 at 8:32am
Not keen on the boiling-lobsters-alive part!
Quite an unnecessary and unpleasant distraction.
Comment by Tom Kennedy on January 28, 2010 at 4:29pm
I love this guy, Alan November. His ideas are simultaneously sensible and revolutionary, and he conveys excitement and enthusiasm when he speaks. I've attended the Building Learning Communities conference that November Learning convenes and his keynotes are always inspirational. Though he is clearly a technophile he is aware of the myths and fallacies surrounding educational technology. Best of all, he strives to overcome them and imagine practical applications of technology in schools. Thanks Alan!


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