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Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age [Perfect Paperback]

Alan November

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May 25 2012
While the world outside the classroom has developed, classroom instruction has remained stagnant. Students are encouraged to just cover the curriculum and the power of purpose and meaningful contribution are absent. Furthermore this old way of doing things doesn't credit students' natural curiosity to direct their own learning. In Who Owns the Learning?, author Alan November uses his Digital Learning Farm education model to show teachers how technology allows students to take ownership of their learning, create their own learning tools, and participate in work that has meaning to them and others. In this model, every student is a teacher and a global publisher.<P>In chapter one, readers will learn what a Digital Learning Farm is and how it can optimize learning. Chapters two through five each focus on a specific job for students in the digital learning farm and provide examples of students working through them. November also offers a story about how the job is being utilized in classrooms, techniques for educators to leverage the work in their classrooms, and questions for discussion in each chapter. Finally, November offers an example of students owning their learning through technology in chapter six. This book is a guide to teachers who want to move teaching and learning into the 21st century -- incorporating technology and opportunities for students to direct their own learning into instruction.

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  • Perfect Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: National Educational Service (May 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935542575
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935542575
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 17.5 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,603 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical Guide to Engagement and Purpose June 16 2012
By Mark O'Meara - Published on Amazon.com
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After being inspired by Alan November, who was delivering the keynote address at a conference I attended, I roared through this brief book. On one hand, November implores us to achieve more with our students and our technological possibilities. More importantly, he provides very specific approaches - complete with links to appropriate software and sites - so that teachers can make positive changes very quickly.

I would highly recommend this practical guide to all teachers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must-read for educators everywhere June 4 2012
By deskcapades - Published on Amazon.com
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In order to compete globally, we MUST change our way of thinking when it comes to education. This is a great start and highly recommended to begin to think as 21st century educators (not just educators in the 21st century). Should be mandatory reading for all administrators, teachers, and staff, and suggested reading for parents.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Digital learning farm... June 8 2014
By Pedro Demo - Published on Amazon.com
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November’s thesis is that students, echoing old times of familiar labor, also for kids (hence is idea of Digital Learning Farm), have to own their learning, taking initiative, as we see in digital environments: there kids navigate freely (they think they are free!), at least they have the sensation of freedom, molding personal styles of learning with peers. Students have to be researchers and writers for their own sake, building knowledge as authors, because this behavior is requested by deep learning. He values students’ contributions in all levels, including collaborative citizenship in school and outside. Teacher’s role is scaffolding, mediation, not lectures. Lectures generally indicate a teacher who doesn’t know hot to learn. Who knows hot to learn tries to put learning in students’ responsibility, granting him support and formative assessment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful within limits Nov. 7 2013
By D. Hickson - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a quick, enjoyable, and inspiring read for any educator. Alan November's writing is energetic and convincing. November starts by making his case for creating classroom experiences that put students in the driver's seat and take advantage of internet technology resources to facilitate authentic student learning. His case for shifting to such student-centered, student-driven learning is convincing. He illustrates his principles by describing four example techniques in some detail, using case studies. Each strategy/approach is illustrated by describing a specific teacher's approach in a real classroom at a real school. For teachers who are hesitant or skeptical about these techniques, this can be reassuring. Each example is accompanied by links to the teacher's resources, examples of student work, and/or other materials that supplement the book's fairly brief descriptions.

November wraps up the book describing a "Digital Learning Farm" that seeks to pull together all four strategies in one, grand, master approach. The final chapter describes another real-life example of two teachers partnering to forge, over a number of years, a new approach to their middle school history courses. This is probably the weakest part of the book. November's description, as a capstone example, is overly sketchy and does not really connect all the dots. I suspect that this is more reflective of the book than the work of the teachers. I found myself wanting more, and not in a good way. That said, November again provides links (via QR codes at urls) that allow the reader to explore these teachers' (and students') actual work in greater detail.

Each of the four strategies is accompanied by information to get a teacher started. For example, the section "The Student as Global Communicator and Collaborator" ends with a few pages on how to get started with Skype. While this might be helpful to some, the book might have been more helpful if it used this space instead to illustrate additional examples for different subjects or grade levels. There are lots of resources out there for getting started with Skype, and perhaps the book could have just steered the reader towards these. The examples seemed to emphasize middle-school-level teaching, and this might not translate for some - that would be a shame, because November's strategies can enrich the learning experience for a wide range of ages/grades.

Criticisms aside, the book is effective in outlining ways that teachers can bring more student ownership and engagement into their classrooms. As one other reviewer commented, the book is ultimately more about how we teach than it is about any specific strategy or project. November outlines practical, approachable ways to shift away from "sage on the stage" to "guide on the side" teaching, incorporate technology as an authentic learning tool, and help students take ownership of their own learning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best resource for integrating technology in a real classroom Aug. 17 2013
By V. Albritton - Published on Amazon.com
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As a teacher in a new STEM middle school, I purchases numerous resources for summer reading to prep for the school year. Of all my purchases -- and all are terrific-- this was by far the BEST resource for immediate and user-friendly application with my 6th grade research classes.

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