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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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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).
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
Organizing For America
Social Media and Social Change
Iran - The Revolution Will Be Televised... Tweeted... Streamed...
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:
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 -
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 -
- 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.
- 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.
The Whole Child - Supporting Developmental Assets
40 Developmental Assets
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
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.
Cultural Competence | Young person has knowledge of and comfort with people of different cultural/racial/ethnic backgrounds.
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."
How can you and your students effective positive social change using social media?
What are your next steps?
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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)
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