Posts Tagged alan november
Questions by Alan November
novemberlearning.com has resources for researching on the web
His new book is called Web Literacy for Educators
Opening story about 17 year old son- only people who are not connected are his teachers. Schools have become the learning police. We are so worried about children safety that we block learning possibilities. In an effort to protect children are making them unemployable.
Alan is asking questions and ideas below are based on group poll:
Right now government regulations own the learning but students should own the learning. Lack of leadership, type of curriculum, and lack of vision are the biggest barriers. District filters big barrier to students working globally with other students because block IM, Skype, and blogs.
We are not doing a good job of teaching students how to facilitate their own learning. Example, teachers do not allow tests where students can research answers using the Internet. Not utilizing “open source” ideas.
Step 1 in teaching kids to be globally competitive is to understand how Internet works and learn specific syntax and grammar. Examples below:
site: countrycode = for Google results from specific country
view: timeline = organizes Google research by dates
link: url = to find out how many links are going to a site
Recommends creating own customized search engine in Google with own reviewed sites. Kids should do this, build it in class. Schools can design and share with community.
Teachers shouldn’t be allowed new technology (pd) unless they bring 2 kids with them. Kids will spread what they learned quickly. For some children it might be easier to learn from kids rather than teacher.
We need more voices delivering content!
Kids need to own the learning, change the job description of children.
Collaborative web tools in class. Kids can all produce one presentation together (google docs), so all students have access to all the content all the time.
Wikipedia isn’t just an encyclopedia, its a publishing center. Use it as a tool to get kids publishing.
Kiva.org, place where kids can make a contribution to online information. Loan money to entrepreneurs. Get money back later.
6 Jobs to Restore Ownership of Learning to Students
1. Every classroom should have a student researcher, at least one.
2. Every teacher should have a student led curriculum tutorial design team. These tutorials should be available for Ipods and Dvds. Ex. Students create screencasts (jing) on how to solve different problems or teach how to do something in class.
3. Can create podcasts that help teach class.
4. Google Docs – Kids help edit writing or presentations together, official scribe team.
5. Teach kids to add value to the world. ex. go to Wikipedia and add content. Can have kids work collaboratively on an entry for an assignment, then can monitor the changes through an RSS feed of the history.
6. Teach kids mathematics of investment into global groups and link it to curriculum. Have kids raise money for this.
There was a 7th job but ran out of time, so need to go to sites for complete notes on session.