These are my notes from Alan November‘s opening presentation at the 4 November 2010 Innovative Learning Institute, sponsored by the OU K-20 Center in Norman, Oklahoma. MY THOUGHTS AND REFLECTIONS ARE IN ALL CAPS.

Work ethic is key, esp. in developing world schools (this is a big differentiator in what we see comparing US schools to other schools, in some cases)

we need to do both
– teach teachers about powerful tools
– ask if we can give kids more responsibility for managing their own learning

Now, video of 6 year old dancing for 30 seconds
– the motivation is: the student has a global audience
– you explain that, it’s amazing what happens to them (students) when they understand this global audience

Most schools will block any student work being shown to the world
– that is probably one of the most motivating factors we can add to school: “Step your game up”

Now math website in LA by one teacher, similar to YouTube
– students teaching prime factorization
– this video by a 12 year old girl has had more than 12,000 views
– this student may help more people around the world about prime factorization than most teachers are EVER asked about prime numbers

Kids can ask great questions when they view the work of other kids online
– I am fascinated by how children view the work of other children, and how adults view it
– it is often quite different

Technology is not the revolution
– it is changing the culture of our schools, the culture change
– working on things like work ethic
– teaching kids they have a global focus

I worry we are being too technicentric
– often we do not get to the core of what can really motivate kids

Story from yesterday
– I used to teach history in a place called Lexington, MA
– (now showing Google Map view of Lexington, zooming in
– I told them a story, and then asked them if I told the truth
– their job is to figure out if I told the truth
– showing zoom of Buckman Tavern….

If I would teach history again, I would come to class with a bunch of questions
– the students would be working, working, and thinking!

Now showing a Google Search for “Alan November,” first page of hits includes Wesley Fryer’s post, “Alan November’s website was hacked

ALAN ASKED IF I WAS IN THE ROOM AT THIS POINT, I’M GLAD I WAS! HIS POINT WAS THAT WE CAN ALL BE CONNECTED, NO MATTER WHERE WE LIVE!

Do your students have a work ethic that is globally competitive?

Outside of education, the #1 use of technology is for global communication

are you teaching students to have a global voice?
– impact around the world…. that is absolutely essential

Go to WikiPedia to learn about digital learning today
– WikiPedia is such an under-utilized resource for learning in the classroom…

AT THIS POINT I HAD TO LEAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN A RADIO INTERVIEW FOR OKLAHOMA INNOVATIONS, A PROGRAM OF OCAST: THE OKLAHOMA CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY. OUR SEGMENT (ALSO WITH DR GREGG GARN, DIRECTOR OF THE K20 CENTER AT OU) SHOULD AIR THIS COMING SUNDAY AT 8 AM ON KRMG TULSA, AND AT 5 PM ON KTOK OKLAHOMA CITY. I WISH I COULD HAVE HEARD MORE OF ALAN’S GREAT IDEAS AND INSIGHTS!

IT WILL AIR:

Altus Saturday at 6 a.m. KOCU 90.1 FM
Ardmore Saturday at 6 a.m. KLCU 90.3 FM
Chickasha Saturday at 6 a.m. KCCU 100.1 FM
Clinton Saturday at 6 a.m. KYCU 89.1 FM
Duncan Saturday at 6 a.m. KCCU 89.3 FM
Lawton/Fort Sill Saturday at 6 a.m. KCCU 89.3 & 102.9 FM
Oklahoma City Sunday at 5 p.m. KTOK 1000 AM
Tulsa Sunday at 8 a.m. KRMG 740 AM/102.3 FM
Woodward Saturday at 6 a.m. KZCU 95.9 FM
Wichita Falls, TX Saturday at 6 a.m. KMCU 88.7 FM

Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science & Technology - Radio Show

PAST / ARCHIVED SHOWS ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT WWW.OK.GOV/OCAST/PUBLIC_INFORMATION/RADIO_SHOW/

THIS INCLUDES AN OCTOBER 23-24, 2010 SHOW FEATURING:

SUSAN MCCALMONT, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE KIRKPATRICK FOUNDATION, AND JOHN MCCARROLL, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF OETA-TV, DISCUSS THE UPCOMING CREATIVITY WORLD FORUM TO BE HELD NOVEMBER 14-17 IN OKLAHOMA. RENOWNED EDUCATORS, AUTHORS, INNOVATORS AND ENTREPRENEURS FROM AROUND THE GLOBE WILL WILL SHARE BEST PRACTICES AND LEARN ABOUT PROGRAMS THAT ENCOURAGE CREATIVITY.

LISTEN TO THE SHOW IN MP3 FORMAT AND VIEW THE SHOW TRANSCRIPT! (PDF) I’LL LINK TO OUR SHOW HERE AFTER IT’S PUBLISHED. GREAT TO HAVE MAINSTREAM MEDIA COVERAGE OF THE UPCOMING WORLD CREATIVITY FORUM, AS WELL AS TODAY’S INNOVATIVE LEARNING INSTITUTE!

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