2009-09-21

LITT Meeting - September 21, 2009




RBUSD Lead Instructional Technology Teachers Meeting
September 21, 2009
3:30 to 5:00 PM



Social, Global, and Green: Education in A Changing World


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. Explore how social media can be used by educators to effect positive social change. Discover how students too can use powerful (and often free) tools to make a real difference in their world. See examples of how educators have collaborated with colleagues, connected their classrooms to others around the globe, and helped to bring green initiatives to their schools and communities. Learn to engage all students by tapping into their passions and bringing new relevance to the work (and play) they do in class - and learn how this can support "the whole child" by helping to several "developmental assets."




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Agenda & Links


District Business
  • Password Policy (Changes will be forced every six months. Please choose a passphrase.)
  • Standards Based Report Cards (We will not use Infinite Campus - a PDF form will be created instead.)
  • Edusoft (Info has been rolled over for Elementary - Secondary is tomorrow.)
  • HM Math login Information is the same as the science login information (for students).

Welcome Activity
  • How can technology help you to educate “the whole student”?
    • RBUSD Strategic Goal: "Meet the needs of the whole child."
  • How can you and your students make a difference in the world?

A Time of Rapid Change

Social Media and Social Change

PBL with Meaning
  • Problem Based Learning - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/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 - http://www.edutopia.org/project-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.

Examples

More Resources and Examples

Causes

Green Curriculum

Green Schools

The Whole Child - Supporting Developmental Assets
  • 40 Developmental Assets
  • External Assets
    • Empowerment
      • Youth as Resources | Young people are given useful roles in the community
      • Service to Others | Young person serves in the community one hour or more per week
  • Internal Assets
    • Positive Values
      • Caring | Young Person places high value on helping other people.
      • Equality and Social Justice | Young person places high value on promoting equality and reducing hunger and poverty.
    • Social Competencies
      • Cultural Competence | Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
    • Positive Identity
      • Personal Power | Young person feels he or she has control over "things that happen to me."
      • Sense of Purpose | Young person reports that "my life has a purpose."

Reflection Activity
  • How can you and your students effective positive social change using social media?
  • What are your next steps?
  • Share your answers on the RBUSD LITT Network. (You may need to login.)
  • Time Permitting: Take your first steps... and create a proof-of-concept you might use with your students.

Questions and Answers (Time Permitting - Questions Do Not Necessarily Need To Be Related To This Topic)

Other Business
  • Topics for October meetings?
  • Other needs?

Online Evaluation