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Friday, August 3 • 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Point/Counterpoint: Issues & Debates In Connected Education (David Thornburg, Alan November)

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Legendary ed tech visionaries David Thornburg and Alan November discuss key tensions in online community/network development, e.g.

  • Top down vs. bottom up organizattion
  • Security/privacy vs. opennness/dissemination
  • Breadth of functionality vs. organic growth
  • Immediate needs vs. higher order collaboration
  • Manageability of content vs. diversity of expression
  • Core communal interactions vs. more individual forms of expression
  • Professional vs. personal needs
  • Consensus/harmony vs. conflict/debate
  • New vs. experienced users
  • Birds of a feather vs. diverse users

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Alan November

Alan November is an international leader in education technology. He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While Alan was a computer science teacher in Lexington, Mass, he was probably the first teacher in the world to have a student project on line in 1984, a database for the handicapped. He has been director of an alternative high school, computer coordinator... Read More →
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David Thornburg

David Thornburg is an award-winning futurist, author and consultant whose clients range across the public and private sector across the planet. His razor-sharp focus on the fast-paced world of modern computing and communication media, project-based learning, 21st century skills, and open source software has placed him in constant demand as a keynote speaker and workshop leader for schools, foundations, and governments.  His current work... Read More →

Friday August 3, 2012 1:00pm - 2:30pm
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