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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:Digital Citizenship
    Keywords social, change, global, green, edtechteam
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    Commercial Content
    Recording Preference recordable
    Audience Focus Primary Teachers
    Audience Focus Secondary Technology Coordinators/Facilitators
    Audience Grade Level PK-12
    Audience Skill Level Beginner
    Prerequisite Skills
    Platform Alerts
    NETS•S 5
    NETS•T 4
    NETS•A 5
    Strategic Objectives Provide 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 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
Organizing For America

Social Media and Social Change
Iran - The Revolution Will Be Televised... Tweeted... Streamed...
Neda Agha-Sultan
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: George Mayo 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 -
Wiki: (wiki)
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 & Dear Soldier
And a California League of Schools example (via John Curry) - High School Students Give To Hungry

Causes - 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.

Green Curriculum - 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.

Green Schools

Reflection Activity
How can you and your students effective positive social change using social media?
What are your next steps?
Join the League Learning Network and share your answers in the discussion forum for this session .

    Supporting Research 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 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 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.



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