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Social, Global, and Green: Education in A Changing World
Social Media, Social Change, and Education
A new sort of tools - and a new sort of ethics - are required for the next generation of students to succeed in the face of global challenges. Come explore how social media can be used by educators to effect positive social change. See examples of how teachers have collaborated with colleagues, connected their classrooms to others around the globe, and helped to bring green initiatives to their schools and communities. Discover how students too can use powerful (and often free) tools to tap into their own passions, bring new relevance to their learning, and make a real difference in their world.
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Agenda & Links
What impact does your school have on the world?
How can you and your students make a difference?
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.
Blogs for Social Change:
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. -
Wikis for Social Change:
Primary Students Learn About The Impact of Climate Chage -
Classes in Canada & The UK Learn About Environmental Issues -
Social Networks for Social Change:
Kay McNulty created a network for students... and Holocaust Survivors -
Vicki Davis and Julie Lindsay started the Flat Classroom Project -
Networking for Change -
Video Games for Change:
Even with a Cell Phone:
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 -
More Resources (via Tom Barrett... for a sealife project) -
Older (but cool) Projects (via Jen Wagner) -
Caring for Katrina Victims
And a California League of Schools example (via John Curry) -
High School Students Give To Hungry
- 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.
- Lesson Plans from Seventh Generation.
- More resources teachers can use.
How can you and your students effective positive social change using social media?
What are your next steps?
League Learning Network
and share your answers in the
discussion forum for this session
New Technology Foundation Keynote
- Including summary of other educational uses - and even more examples!
Lead Instructional Technology Teachers Workshop
- Including connections to the 40 development assets for supporting the whole child.
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