Passion, Purpose, and Participation: Individualized Learning with Technology

Educational technologist Dr. Mark Wagner focuses on using technology and passion-based learning to individualize each student's experience at school. Learn how devices such as interactive white boards, document cameras, and student response systems can not only enhance your teaching, but transform your classroom. Discover, too, how free online media such as blogs, wikis, and social networks can connect students to the outside world in authentic and meaningful ways. Most importantly, be inspired to unleash each students' intrinsic curiosity about the world - and their desire to make the world a better place. The technology in Corcoran's classrooms make this possible in exciting new ways that you can implement this year.


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Agenda & Links

Welcome Activity

  • How unique is each student at your school?
  • How unique is each student’s learning experience?
  • How can you individualize each student’s learning experience?
  • How can you and your students make a difference in the world?

Anecdotes and Analogies

  • A Message From The Future
  • Driving a Race Car

Constructivist Learning Environments

  • Engagement and Motivation
  • Context
  • Inquiry
  • Collaboration
  • Reflection and Metacognition

Overt Student Responses

  • Choral Responses
  • Partner Responses
  • Written Responses
  • Individual Responses

PBL: Projects or Problems

  • Challenging, Open-Ended, Real-World
  • Students Working Collaboratively
  • Teachers Facilitating Learning
  • Authentic Purpose and Meaning (Particularly when focused on social change!)

Passion-Based Learning

Classroom Devices (for Individualized Learning)

  • Interactive White Boards
    • Bring students to the board!
    • Young students benefit from gross motor movements - everyone benefits from full-body interaction.
    • Use the board for group work.
    • Use the board for mindmapping.
    • Imagine "Minority Report" in the classroom. :)
  • Wireless Tablets
    • Put the tablet in students' hands!
    • Great for math, science, art, and more!
  • Document Cameras
  • Student Response Systems
    • Overt Student Responses
    • Check for Understanding
    • Collect Data

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

Social Media and Social Change



Social Networks

Social Microblogging (Twitter)
  • What is Twitter?
  • Social Microblogging
    • Frequent Posts
    • Only 140 Characters!
    • Follow Others
    • Others May Follow You
    • What are you doing?
    • Share Resources
    • Ask Questions
  • Social Microblogging in Education
    • On-Demand & Just-In-Time Support
    • Connect With Experts
    • Collaborate with Peers
    • Share Resources
    • Create a Permeable Classroom
  • Twitter, Students, and Social Change
    • Raising Awareness
    • Calls to Action
    • Fund Raising
    • Chronicle Action Taken
  • Responses from my colleagues about the value of Twitter.

Learning to Network

  • Who's in your personal learning network (PLN)?

Networking to Learn

Networking for Change

  • The Global Challenge Award - Giving students the tools and confidence to solve global problems together.
  • See all the other social change examples above and below!



Green Curriculum

Green Schools

Reflection Activity

  • No Fate But What We Make
  • How can you individualize each student’s learning experience?
  • How can you and your students make a difference in the world?
  • What are your next steps?

Online Evaluation

More Social Change Resources and Examples