Oxford Debate at NECC 2009

The topic for the Oxford debate at NECC 2009 is “Bricks and Mortar Schools are Detrimental to the Future of Education”.

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  1. What will the end brick and mortar schools mean for the socialization of students?

    School is about learning to work in collaborative environments while developing the crucial social skills that help students to become positively functioning members of society. How will this be achieved?

    80 votes
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    • How might a shift to online education affect the current and future workforce of teachers?

      Does our current workforce of teachers have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to effective teach online? Might teachers who are excellent at face-to-face teaching be pushed out of a job? Will we need to drastically retool how teacher education is handled?

      71 votes
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      • How are you going to motivate those students than don't do anything on their own?

        There are students that won't pay attention or do any work in a school environment. How will they be motivated enough to do their work online?

        60 votes
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        • How would losing the physical meeting place affect those coming from unstable home environments?

          The physical school building can be a place of refuge for students living in abusive or otherwise unstable households. Does moving away from physical meeting spaces hurt or help these populations?

          50 votes
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          • Is pounding down the ‘brick and mortar’ the only way to change instruction or pedagogical practices?

            There are many more elements involved that have caused education to become stagnant (unions, school year, testing overdoes, etc.).

            42 votes
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            • 40 votes
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              • 39 votes
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                • How do you prevent the flaws of the brick and mortar model from pervading a new model?

                  Much of what makes the brick and mortar classroom problematic are the approaches and methodologies that come along with it - how do you make sure those don't simply get carried over to a digital environment (and in so doing lose the advantages of the traditional classroom wouldn't gaining any of the benefits of the new format).

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                  • In what ways can we make technology accessible for all students, regardless of socioeconomic status?

                    Technology, in its various forms, can serve to level the educational playing field in many ways. However, using it as a springboard for addressing the achievement gap is problematic when we consider who has access and familiarity with technology.

                    32 votes
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                    • Why not expand school services and school day, incorporating education into the fabric of life.

                      Why look at education as something that has to happen in one place, during a set number of hours and days per year? Why not a more fluid approach that can combine the best of elements such as technology-driven solutions, home-based studies, brick-and-mortar stability, and social networking and mobile tools?

                      31 votes
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                      • 28 votes
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                        • How can we engage more educators outside of edtech circles in discussions about learning w/ tech?

                          One of the obstacles we face in leveraging the transformative potentials of technology for learning is limiting our conversations to conferences "about technology." We need to consider how more educators outside of edtech circles can become aware of technologies uses to support learning and personally involved with those uses.

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                          • 18 votes
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                            • 18 votes
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                              • gary stager - how would you build/design a school from the bottom up today?

                                If you were able to build a school and design the curriculum for the school what would it look like?

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                                • What should the role of increasing student understanding of other cultures be in school?

                                  With standards for all types of knowledge, we have very few standards for experiences. Should students be expected to experience and learn alongside students from other cultures and countries as part of an effective education in the 21st century?

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                                  • 13 votes
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                                    • Future Schlock

                                      What is more detrimental to the future of our students? Brick and mortar schools or teachers with mental/professional rigor-mortis? Historically, which has hurt students more? The absence of the interactive white board of the absence of a professional, expert teacher force?

                                      13 votes
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                                      • What's standing in the way of the U.S. adopting more successful models for public education?

                                        In other words, why do you think we can't be more like Finland, Japan, or Singapore?

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                                        • In the new paradigm, what will the role of the teacher be? Are teachers irrelevant? or invaluable?

                                          With an emerging educational paradigm that promises differentiated instruction in a learner driven framework with data-driven decision-making as a founding principle, what will the role of the teacher be in the learning process? Are teachers becoming irrelevant? Or are highly skilled teachers becoming more important to the learning process?

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