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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
What impact does your school have on the world?
Anecdotes and Analogies
A Message From The Future
Driving a Race Car
Powerful resource for educators and students, but…
Information moves from publishers to consumers
Information cannot be edited
It is now as easy to create as it is to consume.
Anyone can publish, share, and change information
This is changing our world!
A Time of Rapid Change
Organizing For America
Social Media and Social Change
Iran - The Revolution Will Be Televised... Tweeted... Streamed...
But signing an online petition is not social change. (Hat tip to @courosa.)
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.
Web + Log = weblog or “we blog”
If you can email, you can blog.
Blogs allow visitors to comment.
Blogs in Education:
Teacher web sites -
Class web sites -
Learning journals -
Many More Examples of Blogs in Education -
Blog If You Love Learning
and Wendy Drexler started this project in February of 2008 with their third and eighth grade students to spread awareness about the genocide in Darfur. -
From the Hawaiian Wiki Wiki for Quickly or Hurry Up.
Websites anyone can edit... quickly and easily.
If you can use a word processor, you can use a wiki!
Visitors can see a history of changes and revert to earlier versions.
Visitors can discuss the page in a threaded forum.
Wikis in Education:
Collaboratively Authored Class Texts
Grade Level Teams
Subject Area Teams
The Wikipedia -
Dave Conlay's Aristotle Experiment -
Eva Wagner's Houghton-Mifflin Tech Resources Wiki -
Eva Wagner's Technology Integration Projects for Grades K-3 -
Dan McDowell's Wiki Resources -
More Workshop Wikis -
Many More Examples of Wikis in Education -
Wiki While You Work
(A Workshop Wiki)
Primary Students Learn About The Impact of Climate Chage -
Classes in Canada & The UK Learn About Environmental Issues -
are examples of
Social Network Services
Create an Online Profile
Connect To Others
Engage in Discussion
And more... (Consider Facebook Apps!)
lets you discover and create new social networks.
Social Networks in Education:
Online Classes or Hybrid Classes (Even change the language for a foreign language class!)
Specific Units or Projects (Such as a network focused on a piece of literature or period in history.)
Clubs or Teams
School Sites or Communities
is an example of a very successful Ning.
The CUE Community
was created for Computer Using Educators in California
The League Learning Network
was created for CLMS & CLHS.
- A network for educators dealing with autistic students.
- The First Course Management System built on a Social Networking platform!
Many More Examples of Social Networks in Education -
Learning to Network and Networking to Learn
Kay McNulty created a network for students... and Holocaust Survivors -
Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay started the Flat Classroom Project -
Social Microblogging (Twitter)
What is Twitter?
Only 140 Characters!
Others May Follow You
What are you doing?
Social Microblogging in Education
On-Demand & Just-In-Time Support
Connect With Experts
Collaborate with Peers
Create a Permeable Classroom
Twitter, Students, and Social Change
Calls to Action
Chronicle Action Taken
Who's in your personal learning network?
Your PLN could be global.
Learning to Network (Regardless of The Tools)
Networking to Learn
See social network examples above. ;)
Networking for Change -
Video Games in Education
Games for Change -
Even with a Cell Phone -
- Learn about eradicating global poverty, and discover the best organizations for your donations.
- Learn how you and your students can donate old cell phones to medical professionals in developing countries.
- Discover 100 networks for people who want to change the world.
- Classroom Resources from WM
- A social network (from WM) with Green education resources... and games.
- More resources teachers can use.
More Resources and Examples
Alec Couros' Ideas for Technology and Social Justice in The Classroom -
Lovett Middle School Global Issues Wiki and Voicethreads (via Laura Deisley) -
Gail Dressler's Voicethread for Social Change -
Gail Dressler's Change Writers Vimeo Project -
Good Guide: Find Safe, Healthy, & Green Products -
Environmental Health News -
How can you and your students effective positive social changeusing social media?
What are your next steps?
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