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“There is nothing like a great question to send you on a rich and meaningful quest for learning. A great question forces us to challenge our most taken for granted beliefs and threatens to uproot our most deeply rooted habits. ‘Who owns the learning?’ is one of those great questions. When I first allowed myself to ask the question, and really sit with it for a while, I soon found myself questioning everything in my teaching practice. Fortunately, November offers inspiring stories along with practical advice to help us on the journey forward, while leaving enough space to make each of our journeys our very own.” —Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas "Fantastic! Captivating from the start, this book will change the way one thinks about the process of learning. The many examples help provide explicit guidance on how to move from a teacher-centered to a learner-centered approach." —Eric Mazur, Area Dean of Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts “When Alan November first shared his concept of the Digital Learning Farm, educators sat up and paid close attention. As usual, he was onto something fresh, thought provoking, and of imminent value. Based on years of experience throughout the world, November describes in detail what the contemporary learner can look like in action, in any school setting. For the forward-thinking teacher, school leader, professional developer, and curriculum writer, Who Owns the Learning? is a must.” —Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Author and Director of the Curriculum 21 Project, Rye, New York
Alan November is senior partner and founder of November Learning. Alan’s personable and friendly nature, coupled with astute observations about the economy, education, and technology make him an extremely popular, entertaining, and engaging presenter. For Alan, it’s not the technology itself that it is important; it’s the way we use it. His ideas about global communication, collaboration, assessment, and critical thinking have inspired schools, governments, and corporations around the world to rethink and redefine their approach to education and technology. Alan November’s presentations are thought-provoking, creative, and motivating. He has an uncanny ability to tap into the needs and energy of his audiences. Alan makes people think, question, and laugh. His background as a dorm counselor for at-risk students, classroom teacher, technology coordinator, alternative school director, city planner, new school designer, university lecturer, and years of consulting around the world give him a breadth of understanding and educational experience.