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    Session Title Social, Global, and Green: Education in a Changing World
    Session Description Explore social media and social change in education. Learn how students and educators can follow their passions and make a difference in the world.
    Theme and Strand Digital-Age Teaching & Learning:Web 2.0
    Keywords social, global, green, change, passion
    Primary URL
    Exhibitor Status
    Commercial Content
    Recording Preference recordable
    Audience Type Chief Technology Officers
Curriculum Specialists
Library Media Specialists
Staff Developers
School Board Members
Teacher Educators
Technology Coordinators
Technology Facilitators
Technology Integration Specialists
    Audience Level All
    Audience Skill Intermediate
    Prerequisites Some familiarity with social media (or web 2.0 tools) is helpful but not required. Specifically this workshop will address uses of web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis, social networks, social microblogging (twitter), and video games to effect positive social change.
    NETS•S 1- 6
    NETS•T 1- 5
    NETS•A 1- 5
    Strategic Objectives Proivide leadership

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    Purpose & Objectives 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. New online technologies now make it possible for students and educators to make a difference not only in their own community, but in far needier areas around the globe.

The purpose of this session is to provide participants with a vision (and concrete steps) for the use of social media by educators and students to effect positive social change in the world.

The objectives of the session are as follows. The participants will learn:

- How social media can be used by educators and students to effect positive social change.
- How other educators have collaborated with colleagues, connected their classrooms to others around the globe, and helped to bring green initiatives to their schools and communities.
- How students too can use powerful (and often free) tools to make a real difference in their world.
- How to engage a variety of students (including English learners, special education students, and GATE students) by tapping into their passions and brining new relevance to the work (and play) they do in school.
- How to take their first concrete steps toward using social media for social change with their students.

The presenter will also share how social media can be used in rigorous academic ways. In addition, participants will 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.

NOTE: For the purposes of this submission "social media" is defined as two-way interactive web technologies that support discussion and collaboration between users. Examples include blogs, wikis, social networks, social microblogging (such as twitter), and certain video games or simulations. This session will address the use of each of these tools for social change by educators and students - and will include concrete examples of successful projects.

    Outline The outline of the session is as follows:

Welcome Activity (5 min)

Overview (10 min)
 Anecdotes and Analogies
 Web 1.0 & Web 2.0
 A Time of Rapid Change
 Social Media and Social Change
 PBL with Meaning

Examples of Social Media for Social Change in Education (30 min)
 Social Networks
 Social Micorblogging
 Video Games

Next Steps (10 min)
 Finding a Cause (and Causes Worthy of Support)
 Green Curriculum and Green Schools
 Additional Resources and Examples

Reflection Activity (5 min)

For a more detailed sample outline complete with links and resources, please see a recent keynote version of this presentation here:

    Supporting Research The following are representative of the research and resources that informed the development of this session over the past year.


Bogost, Ian. (2007). Persuasive Games: The Expressive Power of Videogames. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Goleman, D. (2009). Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing The Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything. New York: Broadway Books.

Hollender, J. (2009). In Our Every Deliberation. Burlington, Vermont: Booksurge Publishing.

Michael, D., & Chen, S. (2006). Serious Games: Games That Educate, Train, and Inform. Canada: Thomas Course Technology.

Singer, P. (2009). The Life You Can Save: Acting Now To End World Poverty. New York: Random House, Inc.

Wann, D. (2007). Simple Prosperity: Finding Real Wealth in A Sustainable Lifestyle. New York: St. Martin's Griffin.


A Free, Green Education: Guide to No-Cost, Online Environmental Courses

CoSN Green Computing

edubloggercon - socialmedia_socialchange

Educating this Generation on Green | Seventh Generation

ePals Global Community

Getting Schools to Go Green | Seventh Generation

Green 180

Green California Schools Summit

Green Technology News: Schools

Home | Greenopolis

How to Use Social Media for Social Change

SM4SC: Social Media for Social Change


YouTube - homeproject's Channel

    Presenter Background Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Wagner has since served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He now serves as the president of the Educational Technology and Life Corporation, which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions.

Dr. Wagner earned his Ph.D. in educational technology at Walden University, which focuses on preparing it's graduates to effect positive social change. He has spent five years leading a variety of workshops and presentations to teach educators about Web 2.0 technologies. Over the past year, he has focused increasingly on the use of social media for social change, delivering workshops and keynotes on the subject in multiple states. He is passionate about helping students and educators to make a difference in the world.


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