Powerful Learning Practice has expanded its staff and brought some fascinating new minds (and fresh ideas) to our team. We’d like to introduce our team to you, one by one, and so we’ve come up with seven questions for each of them so you can have a little peek into what they’re thinking and who they are.
Meet Larry Kahn, Community Leader for Powerful Learning Practice
I was born in Washington, D.C. and spent most of my life living within a 60 mile radius of that city. I am now in my seventh year in Houston, TX. I have come to really enjoy this city. I am passionate about how learning is shifting from being teacher centric and lecture based to student centric and project based. I am excited that creativity is now seen as a 21st century skill. I am passionate about subjects blending whenever possible and not being kept in silos of subjects.
What do you do here at Powerful Learning Practice?
I am a Community Leader for the Leading Edge Cohort.
What else are you up to professionally?
I am the Chief Technology Officer for The Kinkaid School. I am responsible for both the academic technology and the information technology for the school.
Desert island situation – you get to take five books. What are they?
Miguel De Cervantes, Don Quixote
William Shakespeare, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Henry James, The Complete Works of Henry James
H.L. Mencken, A Menchen Chrestomathy
What is your favorite example of how online communities are powerful and transformative?
At my school the 3rd grade teachers have established a terrific blogging program for our 3rd graders. Not only do our students blog openly but they also visit and comment on other blogs. This year, a comment that a 3rd grader made on the blog of an author of a book his class was reading started a process that ended up with the author having a Skype call with the student’s 3rd grade class.
Where can people find you online?
learnsharegrow.wikispaces.com, my wife Susan Davis and I use this space as our website
audiodidact.blogspot.com, where I blog about music with my friend Fletcher McNeil
Any final words?
I love working with teachers to help them transform from being master teachers into master learners.
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