Archive for October 22nd, 2007

Oxford 2.0

October 22, 2007

The Economist is running a series of online debates it is dubbing ‘Oxford 2.0’. The debates are based on the formal, Oxford University Union-style forum in which one side makes a proposition and the other side opposes. This week’s inaugural debate takes the proposition: “This house believes that the continuing introduction of new technologies and new media adds little to the quality of most education”.

A fascinating debate is in progress between those who argue that technology is transforming education and those that think technology has completely failed to deliver on its many promises. The proposer is Sir John Daniel, a man who has spent much of his working life at UNESCO trying to introduce technology into education across many countries. Although he says it saddens him to propose the motion he admits that there are very few examples of effective educational technology deployment.

Take part in the debates until 26th October at:
http://www.economist.com/debate/index.cfm?action=hall