BLC10 – The Learning Has Begun!

Blc10 I am so thrilled to be here and be a part of the Building Learning Communities Conference here in Boston.

Alan November and his amazing team have done it again with a world class lineup of speakers, break out sessions, and full agenda of challenging global topics.

This year’s Keynotes include:

  • Rahaf Harfous , a New Media Expert and Member of President Barack Obama’s Social Media Team. Harfoush is the author of Yes We Did (2009), a book about the grassroots groundswell inspired by the Obama campaign. She is the Research Coordinator to the critically acclaimed Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything and a contributor on both Grown Up Digital: How the Net Generation is Changing your World and Everything I Needed to Know About Business I Learned from a Canadian.  
  • Michael Wesch, an  Assistant Professor of Cultural Anthropology and Digital Ethnography, at Kansas State University in  Manhattan, KS.  Michael Wesch is a cultural anthropologist exploring the effects of new media on society and culture. Wesch has won several major awards for his work, including a Wired Magazine Rave Award, the John Culkin Award for Outstanding Praxis in Media Ecology, and he was recently named an Emerging Explorer by National Geographic. He has also won several teaching awards, including the 2008 CASE/Carnegie U.S. Professor of the Year for Doctoral and Research Universities.
  • Mitchel Resnick, LEGO Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Laborator will be a real treat for educators. Mitchel will explore how new technologies can engage people in creative learning experiences. Resnick’s research group developed the “programmable brick” technology that inspired the LEGO MindStorms robotics kit and the PicoCricket artistic-invention kit. Perhaps my favorite of Resnick’s efforts is the awesome MIT computer program,  Scratch, a big hit with educators and students across the world. 
  • And I am most excited about a very special presentation that will be made by Adora Svtak. Called a “tiny literary giant” by Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America, Svtak is the world’s youngest teacher and the published author of three books. She explores new technologies and their possibilities in education through her teaching and speaking. Adora’s daily video conferences with students from around the world have earned her Berrien RESA’s “Best Author and Expert” award for distance learning two years in a row.

The learning began for me and many others before the week began with preconfernce sessions and   EdubloggerCon East.; now in it's 3rd year. Among the sessions facilitated during the day, was the infamous Web 2.0 Smackdown which we streamed and archived. Here’s a link to the archive as well as all the tools shared.

I was unable to attend, but had a great time co-facilitating a session on Global Learning and Collaboration with Brian Mull. The leaders and learners in our group did a fantastic job of analyzing, evaluating, and sharing the latest tools and technologies that can be used to increase learning productivity and communication. Check out (and add to) our wiki here.

  • And we are just getting warmed up! Follow the conversation in real time by following/using the hashtag #BLC10. (Twitter (#blc).
  • The conference NING allows you to stay connected to the events and resources from all the sessions.

Big thanks to Sharon the following video to give those who have not had a chance to meet Alan in person,to get a taste of his work! Enjoy!

Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom by Alan November from Brian Mull on Vimeo.

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