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. 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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    • 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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      • 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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        • 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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          • 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.

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            • Are there more effective places to learn than a traditional school?

              Do these places already exist? What would they look like?

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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?

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                • 5 votes
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                  • 10 votes
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                    • 6 votes
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                      • 40 votes
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                        • What impact would a storm in the computing cloud have on brickless, mortarless learning?

                          Who and How will maintain the infrastructure required to host, house, and maintain the systems that learners use to acquire, synthesis, and create knowledge?

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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).

                            34 votes
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                            • Why hasn't technology actually changed American education?

                              Technology is drastically altering almost all areas of society except for education. Considering all the money that has been spent on technology for schools over the past two decades, why has there been so little change in the structure of American education, much less in the teaching process and curriculum?

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                              • Do we really understand future of rducation?

                                analyse form of study other than the continuous and imediate supervision of teachers/leaders/entrepreneurs/administrators and academicians and education in, classroom situations.design and instruction of development planning,preaparing,tutoring,guidance and counselling and evaluation of future learning are done with due regard to the latest developmebnts in future instructional design..

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                                • what is thefuture of education identification issue for total quality management?

                                  first the question arises what is the customer of secondary and higher education?our own approach of getting you know a thinking future education methodology is based on contextual studies aimed at decifering various systems embodiedin the secondary nd higher education and research institutional settlements/study of particular places,namely:student information system.

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                                  • Can and should schools bridge the digital divide? How can such a divide be measured?

                                    Analogies have been drawn between "a digital divide" and "a Mercedes divide." But for the 21st century learners, has hardware and network access gone from being a luxury to a right? How does the divide manifest in student performance and understanding? What can schools do to bridge any gaps? Are web-enabled phones creating another layer of digital exclusion?

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                                    • 6 votes
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                                      • 8 votes
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                                        • 28 votes
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