Proposal Synopsis (Proposal ID# 60835499)
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|Category/Subcategory||Concurrent Session -- Lecture|
|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:Digital Citizenship|
|Keywords||social, change, global, green, edtechteam|
|Audience Focus Primary||Teachers|
|Audience Focus Secondary||Technology Coordinators/Facilitators|
|Audience Grade Level||PK-12|
|Audience Skill Level||Beginner|
|Strategic Objectives||Provide leadership|
|Whiteboard Request||No whiteboard needed|
|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.
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.
What impact does your school have on the world?
How can you and your students make a difference?
Anecdotes and Analogies
A Time of Rapid Change
Social Media and Social Change
PBL with Meaning
More Resources and Examples
The following are representative of the research and resources that informed the development of this session over the two years.
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 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
Formerly a high school English teacher, Dr. Wagner has served as an educational technology coordinator at the site, district, and county levels. He is now the president of EdTechTeam, Inc., which provides professional development and consulting services to schools, districts, and other educational institutions. In this capacity, he is the CUEtoYOU professional development coordinator for Computer Using Educators (CUE). He is also a Google Certified Teacher and director of the Google Teacher Academy. He has a Ph.D. in Educational Technology and a masters degree in Cross-Cultural Education.
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 six years leading a variety of workshops and presentations to teach educators about Web 2.0 technologies. Over the past two years, 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.