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Arab Spring: Using Social Media to Teach in Real Time


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Presentation given at GlobalEdCon2011 by Jennifer D. Klein (Principled Learning Strategies), Mark Thomas (Research Journalism Initiative), Katherine Walraven (TakingITGlobal), and Terry Godwaldt (Centre for Global Education).

Session explores how these organizations are working together to help teachers bring authentic voices from the Middle East and more difficult dialogue about human rights and current revolutions into their classrooms.

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Arab Spring: Using Social Media to Teach in Real Time

  1. 1. ARAB SPRING Using Social Media to Teach in Real Time Global Education Conference 2011 Image Credit: AP / Hani Mohammed
  2. 2. Your Presenters <ul><li>Jennifer D. Klein </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Educational Development, RJI (Denver) </li></ul><ul><li>Mark Turner </li></ul><ul><li>Director, RJI (Haifa) </li></ul><ul><li>Katherine Walraven </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Education Programs, TIG (Ottawa/Toronto) </li></ul><ul><li>Terry Godwaldt </li></ul><ul><li>Director of Programming, CGE (Edmonton) </li></ul>
  3. 3. Coming Up! <ul><li>Introductions – RJI, TIG and CGE </li></ul><ul><li>The Middle East in Transition Video Conference Series: </li></ul><ul><li>The Power and Video Conferencing in understanding the Middle East </li></ul><ul><li>Impacts </li></ul><ul><li>How to Get Involved </li></ul><ul><li>Q&A </li></ul>
  4. 4. Introductions <ul><ul><li>Feel free to share a few words about yourself in the chat box while we introduce the three partner organizations involved in the Middle East in Transition video conference series. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. The Research Journalism Initiative Forging Direct Connections and Dialogue
  6. 6. No foreign sky protected me, no stranger's wing shielded my face. I stand as witness to the common lot, survivor of that time, that place. Requiem, Anna Akhmatova, 1961
  7. 7. Technology enabled youth empowered to be global citizens.
  8. 8. Social Network for Social Good
  9. 9. Global Community in 13 languages English, Spanish, French, Italian, Dutch, Portuguese, Russian, Romanian, Turkish, Arabic, Chinese, Swahili, and Swedish
  10. 10. Discussions, e-cards, member search, member stories, newsletters Commitments, groups, action guides, projects, petitions, featured actions Opportunities, events, organizations, publications, e-courses Blogs, games, global gallery, Panorama Zine, TIG Zine, Student News Action Network Culture, education, environment, globalization, health, human rights, media, peace Asia, Central America & Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, Oceania, South America
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  12. 12. TIGed Virtual Classrooms
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  14. 14. <ul><li>The Centre for Global Education </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Canada’s largest real-time provider of collaborative, VC based, programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annually: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>25,000+ participants, 250 school, 28 countries, 150,000+ hrs of collaboration </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>200+ conferences per year </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>21 st Century Learning for 21 st learners, blending… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Video Conferencing, Blogs, Social Networks, Discussion Boards, Chat, etc. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Large Group Collaboration and Instruction via Video Conferencing
  16. 16. The Middle East in Transition: A Multipoint Videoconferencing Partnership
  17. 17. Conference Themes and Schedule <ul><li>Social Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Violence and Non-Violence in Responding to Oppression (October/November) </li></ul><ul><li>TBD (February/March) </li></ul><ul><li>Art </li></ul><ul><li>Resistance Art and Poetry of Witness (April) </li></ul>
  18. 18. How it works
  19. 19. Before the Video Conference …
  20. 22. During the Video Conference /
  21. 25. Creating a Dialogue Dynamic <ul><li>Role of the Facilitators </li></ul><ul><li>Tricks for humanizing the experience and overcoming awkwardness </li></ul><ul><li>Methods for engaging students: pre-prepared questions vs. impromptu dialogue </li></ul><ul><li>Role of the students </li></ul>
  22. 26. Always have a Plan B, C, D… <ul><li>Have back up technology </li></ul><ul><li>Be flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Establish back channel(s) for communication </li></ul><ul><li>Have tech support present or on call </li></ul><ul><li>Think ahead, test early </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared for all outcomes - including scrapping the video conference and teaching instead </li></ul>
  23. 27. The Power of Video Conferencing in Understanding the Middle East
  24. 28. The Middle East
  25. 29. What role is the media playing? <ul><li>In our media-driven culture, we trust the 24-hour news </li></ul><ul><li>cycle to tell us where we need to pay attention. </li></ul><ul><li>Cable news is not in the business of education! </li></ul><ul><li>When we venture into the real world, are we learning </li></ul><ul><li>or just trying to confirm what we already know? </li></ul>
  26. 30. Middle East in Transition What’s in a headline? The world is changing. We can change our own paradigms of understanding by allowing those living an experience abroad to share what they feel is important.
  27. 31. <ul><li>Conflict is humanized when students… </li></ul><ul><li>Grapple with real experiences told by real people </li></ul><ul><li>Connect with other young people, not just experts </li></ul><ul><li>Have opportunities to reflect on their own values </li></ul><ul><li>Get to ask real, important questions (not “canned content”) </li></ul><ul><li>Engage in real dialogue—they aren’t watching TV but participating in a conversation </li></ul>
  28. 32. Creating “Balance” <ul><li>YOU ARE the balance. </li></ul><ul><li>Speakers in video conferences offer real personal stories and perspectives which teachers and students have little or no access to, and are always meant to complement broader curricular programming. </li></ul>
  29. 33. <ul><li>The point of the global encounter is </li></ul><ul><li>not to find answers , </li></ul><ul><li>But to discover better questions . </li></ul>
  30. 34. Impacts
  31. 35. <ul><li>“ The videoconference was among the most powerful pedagogical experiences I have ever had. Students reflected that their real time interaction with Palestinians made the conflict come to life in a very real way that was unlike the readings, videos, articles, and websites they had used to study the conflicts.” </li></ul><ul><li>Holly Arida, Teacher and Global Studies Director, Cranbrook School, USA </li></ul>
  32. 36. Teacher Feedback <ul><li>“ The resources incidentally are very good and have really added to the students’ understanding of the issue. It is amazing the cross talk that I am getting in other classes like English. This is truly 21 st Century education.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I have nothing to compare it to but the feedback, linkages that kids are making, and the real world feel that they are experiencing makes it something that I will be quarterbacking again.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ The overall experience was excellent. Our school looks forward to participating in another international conference. I already have grade 10 students asking me what we are doing next term. Thanks very much for all of your efforts and making this experience as informative as it was unique.” </li></ul>
  33. 37. Student Feedback <ul><li>“ Thank you for everything, this has really opened my eyes. Everyone deserves to be heard, wherever they are coming from.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I would like to participate in another conference. I feel that it is a great learning opportunity.” </li></ul><ul><li>“ I would be interested in participating in another video conference because you learnt more than one perspective.” </li></ul>
  34. 38. How to get involved
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  36. 40. Just some of the topics and issues explored through Global Encounters <ul><li>freedom of expression intellectual property violence HIV/AIDS mortality mental health sexuality substance abuse climate change sustainable development digital citizenship digital divide media literacy food security human rights migration poverty technology global education experiential learning language global citizenship human dignity revolution </li></ul>
  37. 42. <ul><li>Visit to learn about this and other video conferences organized by the Centre. </li></ul><ul><li>Contact: [email_address] </li></ul>
  38. 43. TIG <ul><li>Teachers: Visit to join TIGed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Youth: Visit to join TIG </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Email: [email_address] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Visit to learn more about the Middle East in Transition Series and other Global Encounters events. </li></ul>
  39. 44. Thank you for joining us today! <ul><li>Questions? </li></ul><ul><li>Comments? </li></ul>