Instructor: Mark Wise

Attended by: Amy Burvall

Instructor contact info: (not on Twitter)

This guy was definitely my favorite besides EWAN. He really understood how we should be teaching History/ Social Studies in the 21st century. Moreover, his approach could be used for any subject area.


BASIC IDEAS: These are my random notes, to be edited later

global connections in the Curric….BIG IDEAS that allow for toggling back in forth from the historical to the present…key is int eh question!!!!
Learning from our past to change our future
Tap into natural interest…like kids, sex, etc.
Pedagogy should come before tech

Global Competence Matrix from – Investigate world, recognize perspectives, communicate ideas, take action
21st century comp: innovative/practical problem solver, info literate researcher, effective communicator, flexible self-directed learner, collaborative team member, globally aware, responsible and active citizen
with Child Laabor- really look at trends and the pros and cons (the alternative); have kids advocate for change- try to gt viewe
Go beyond presentation and into PERSUADING
Final product: take a stand, create and post a video to initate others to act
  1. Stage 1:Hisotrical Perspective- changes over time? – use lots of primary sources for research like photos, political cartoons,
  2. Creating SURVEYS on
  3. Then blog and ask questions before teaching took place….how and why and what discovered?
  4. Socratic circle…count off by 2’s – 1 is inner 1 is outer circle. Outer circle kids give feedback about process. Did 1 kid dominate? Diff between dialogue and debate….then start splitting into smaller group circles.
  5. Stage 2: Recogmize Global perspective….a debatable question, in this case defining child labor…also WHY?
  6. Dod a where do products around the house come from…then group them and see about child labor in those countries
  7. NON U.S. perspective….GOOGLE SEARCH from perspective…find root code
  8. Site + root code + topic “Site: uk + child labor”…

  9. Then eval credibility of websites
  10. Then unfiltered English lang mags posted from countries
  11. Google map maker…create 1 for class…embed stuff in the pin (video, text, etc.)
  12. Correspond with peeps from those countries
  13. Recognize pros and cons…
  14. Skype with an expert…
  15. SYNTHESIZE info and come up with own perspective…then COMMUNICATE…then SHARE with the world (authentic audience really important)…
  16. Teacher is conduit to help get there.

Other idea- gave kids problem on Monday, deliberate group of 5, gave them a country, what is keeping you from growing? Causes/ solutions….EXIT assessment- present to panel of judges….top teams got to skype experts from those countries….
REAL WORLD PROBLEMS are interdisciplinary in nature