Monday, February 18, 2013

Today - Alan November on "Who Owns the Learning?"

Join me tonight, Monday, February 18th, for a live and interactive conversation with Alan November on his new book Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age. The book is a compelling argument for allowing students to take ownership of their learning, create their own learning tools and participate in meaningful work because, as Alan writes, "we are experiencing an essential change in the culture of teaching and learning."

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Date: Monday, February 18th, 2013
Time: 5pm Pacific / 8pm Eastern (international times here)
Duration: 1 hour
Location: In Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Log in at The Blackboard Collaborate room will be open up to 30 minutes before the event if you want to come in early. To make sure that your computer is configured for Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the support and configuration page.
Recording:  A full Blackboard Collaborate recording is at and an audio mp3 recording is at and at
Mightybell:  A Mightybell space with interview resources and conversation is at

(From Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, MA, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Alan was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. Alan was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Each summer Alan leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and international participants. Visit for more details.


  1. Steve,
    I enjoyed your post. I have to pick up my daughter, so I hope you post the interview for later. Alan talked about my classroom in this book and I thought I would share a post I wrote about my thoughts and insights. I hope they add some light to what we are doing. Is it revolutionary? Yes and no, but in the system we teach in, Yes.
    Let me know your thoughts. Garth

  2. Anonymous3:27 AM

    I agree with your. Real student engagement is difficult. Sometimes both authors and keynote speakers at conferences make is sound so easy. And when the projects are teacher initiated, are they really student driven? Too bad I live in Norway, I would love to participate. Will have to listen to the taped audio instead.

  3. Unfortunately, I can't appreciate your post like the other commentors have because of this:

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    Why was it removed? What is the rationale for this drastic action? Occasionally, a blog post might have a revision or two, but completely removing one raises a concern. After seeing the first few minutes of the interview with Alan, I'm left with an unfortunate impression that perhaps you were bullied into pulling it?

    It's your blog, your opinion, and your right to speak your mind freely, regardless of who might agree, appreciate your style or approach, or the conclusions you draw. I hope you reconsider and restore the post for your readers.

  4. Thor: Alan's emails to me, both before and after my repeated apologies, were hateful and demeaning. He rewrote my blog post and demanded that I post his version. Rather than prolong or promote the controversy, I have chosen to remove the offending portion of my blog and hope that the interview and the important ideas at play can stand on their own.


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