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

Welcome Activity
  • 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

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.


More Resources and Examples


Green Curriculum

Green Schools

Reflection Activity

Previous Iterations

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.