1) What evidence is there of deeper learning in Sample #1? For example, to what extent do you see critical thinking, collaboration, global outlook, etc.?
The evidence of this exists in the free movement of differing camera angles (representing points of view), symbolism of different countries represented ( types of clothing, quality clothing, details of dirt and grime on skin, etc), as well as the mood of seriousness represented through small children. The audience feels the urgency for every single drop, and the soundtrack music helps build this tension and sense of need. Global is represented becuse this is a neutral issue all worry about, whether a wealthy or a poo country, this si an issue that touches us all. Collaboration is shown with the long shot of the children in line, showing the need for water from many people, just just a specific group or individual.
2) What evidence is there of deeper learning in Sample #2?
The varied formats from a talking avatar, to a Choose your own adventure, to the representation of vried experiences through cultural evets that occur, to the inetractive elements of a video that correpond to an actual visit. Then the varied look at countries through pie charts instead of flags, all of these represent so many different perspectives rather than just writing, writing, writing...:) Also, the "lenses" the audience looks through are varied thansk to the varied formats the creator of the blog creates for the audience!
3) What strategies or tips should teachers keep in mind when trying to design lessons that promote deeper learning through use of social media?
Vary your presentation methods to attract a more diverse audience.
Critique your methods through the eyes of others for impressions.
If you want to convey a particular feeling/outlook, do your best to poll the individuals or group centered on to capture the real philosophy they look at things.
Use a variety of technology that best meets the needs of your goals/objectives, not just randomly using technology to use technology, use specific tools to achieve a specific purpose.