Your Name and Title:
Dorian Love (ICT & Thinking Skills Teacher)
School or Organization Name:
Roedean School (SA)
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Short Session Description (one line):
At the heart of the problem of technology in education should be the question of how to help students to move effortlessly between abstraction and the concrete.
Full Session Description (as long as you would like):
Much educational research describes the need to create repeated movements between abstract and concrete. These semantic waves are associated with good teaching and learning practices. In this talk I will look at how educational technology offers affordances for the strengthening or weakening of semantic gravity and density and can be used to help foster meaning making activities and critical thinking in the classroom.
I will look, briefly, at Semantic Wave Theory, and at a range of technologies that I have used such as Google images, Google docs, Twitter or Skype, QR codes and games creation. Being clear about whether these technologies strengthen or weaken semantic gravity or density allows teachers to move beyond the tech to concentrate on the meaning. Connecting classrooms is particularly useful as students need to come to grips with their own experiences in order to explain it to others.
Websites / URLs Associated with Your Session:
Please edit your proposal and make connections to our mission: http://www.globaleducationconference.org/page/our-mission. The Global Education Conference is focused on globally connected teaching and learning, not ICT. There must be some sort of international component to your proposed session.