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Creating Semantic Waves in the Classroom: navigating the abstract and the concrete using Technology.

Your Name and Title:

Dorian Love (ICT & Thinking Skills Teacher)

School or Organization Name:

Roedean School (SA)

Co-Presenter Name(s):


Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

South Africa

Language in Which You Will Present:


Target Audience(s):

All Teachers

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.

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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.

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Dear Dorian,

Please edit your proposal and make connections to 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. 


Lucy Gray

Conference Co-Chair

Edits to your proposal need to be made by Wednesday, November 10th at 12 PM Noon CST or UTC/GMT-5 if you still would like to be considered for this conference. After this date and time, we will not be accepting any further proposals for the 2019 conference. Email Lucy Gray at when you are ready for your proposal to be reviewed again.  


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