Social, Global, and Green: Education in A Changing World

Societies around the globe are experiencing a time of rapid change. Educators, parents, and politicians are realizing that a new sort of tools - and a new sort of ethics - will be required for the next generation of students to succeed in the face of new challenges.

Join Dr. Mark Wagner to explore how social media can be used by educators to effect positive social change. Discover how students too can use powerful (and often free) tools to make a real difference in their world. See examples of how educators have collaborated with colleagues, connected their classrooms to others around the globe, and helped to bring green initiatives to their schools and communities. Learn to engage all students (including English learners, special education students, and GATE students), by tapping into their passions and bringing new relevance to the work (and play) they do in class. Make your 1-to-1 environment more meaningful.

Dr. Wagner will also share how these same technologies can be used in rigorous academic ways. In addition, you’ll see innovative new forms of assessment and data collection - which can help schools meet the expectations of a society demanding greater accountability and greater transparency from public servants.


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Agenda & Links

Welcome Activity
  • What impact does your school have on the world?

Anecdotes and Analogies
  • A Message From The Future
  • Driving a Race Car

Web 1.0
  • Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
  • Information moves from publishers to consumers
  • Information cannot be edited
  • Read-Only Web
  • One-Way Web

Web 2.0
  • It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
  • Anyone can publish, share, and change information
  • Read/Write Web
  • Two-Way Web
  • This is changing our world!

A Time of Rapid Change

Social Media and Social Change

PBL with Meaning
  • Problem Based Learning -
    • Learning is driven by challenging, open-ended problems.
    • Students work in small collaborative groups.
    • Teachers take on the role as "facilitators" of learning.
  • Project Based Learning -
    • Project learning is a dynamic approach to teaching in which students explore real-world problems and challenges.
  • PBL with a goal of effecting positive social change focuses on challenging, open-ended, real-world problems.



Social Networks

Social Microblogging (Twitter)
  • What is Twitter?
  • Social Microblogging
    • Frequent Posts
    • Only 140 Characters!
    • Follow Others
    • Others May Follow You
    • What are you doing?
    • Share Resources
    • Ask Questions
  • Social Microblogging in Education
    • On-Demand & Just-In-Time Support
    • Connect With Experts
    • Collaborate with Peers
    • Share Resources
    • Create a Permeable Classroom
  • Twitter, Students, and Social Change
    • Raising Awareness
    • Calls to Action
    • Fund Raising
    • Chronicle Action Taken
  • Learning Networks
    • Who's in your personal learning network?
    • Your PLN could be global.
  • Learning to Network (Regardless of The Tools)
      • Make Connections
      • Make Contributions
      • Make Conversation
      • Make Requests
  • Networking to Learn
    • See social network examples above. ;)
  • Networking for Change -



Green Curriculum

Green Schools

More Resources and Examples

Reflection Activity
  • How can you and your students effective positive social changeusing social media?
  • What are your next steps?

Online Evaluation