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World-renound speaker visits Madison

Published 5:18pm Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Alan November, an international leader in education technology, spoke to school employees during Institute Day, held at Bob Jones High School, Tuesday, Aug. 2.


November spoke about how technology can benefit student learning in and out of the classroom.

He began his career as an oceanography teacher and dorm counselor at an island reform school for boys in Boston Harbor. While November 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, technology consultant and university lecturer. He has helped schools, governments and industry leaders improve the quality of education through technology.

Audiences enjoy November’s humor and wit as he pushes the boundaries of how to improve teaching and learning. His areas of expertise include planning across curriculum, staff development, new school design, community building and leadership development. He has delivered keynotes and workshops in all fifty states, across Canada and throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia and Central America.

November was named one of the nation’s fifteen most influential thinkers of the decade by Technology and Learning Magazine. In 2001, he was listed one of eight educators to provide leadership into the future by the Eisenhower National Clearinghouse. In 2007 he was selected to speak at the Cisco Public Services Summit during the Nobel Prize Festivities in Stockholm, Sweden. His writing includes numerous articles and two best-selling books, Empowering Students with Technology and Web Literacy for Educators. November was co-founder of the Stanford Institute for Educational Leadership Through Technology and is most proud of being selected as one of the original five national Christa McAuliffe Educators.

Each summer November leads the Building Learning Communities summer conference with world-class presenters and international participants. Visit for more details.

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