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Kristina Stoney

Founder & Educator & Adventurer , ismotion

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Is it possible to develop a global classroom in which participants work collaboratively to design local solutions to global challenges?

Across time zones/language/digital access/culture/faith/perspective/etc....Is it possible to engage youth to work collaboratively to develop real solutions as a fun and interactive method of education?

like a digital and location-diverse version of John Hunter's the World Peace Game.

similar to Ken Robinson's idea that participants are not grouped by age, location, but by motivation and interest. Based on the principal located in Sugata Mitra's talk that collaboration stimulates opportunities from which learning emerges.

Possible?

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    Nov 27 2011: With the evolving connectivity , defintely possible I feel.
  • Dec 17 2011: Kristina....Let me assume I can read your mind with respect to the idea and give you a view reality. 1. The master / apprentice teaching method is the best ever know. 2. Classical education does not make sense for the following reasons....expense, addresses the average at the expense of those on either side of "average", no child left behind (a USA political rallying cry) has resulted in illiteracy as an example plus drop out rates are high, the focus of education....rote memory work as opposed to the actual purpose of school, "to learn to think" is not the primary focus, the methods used are varied and sadly querying the Internet will not answer the question, "how do children learn", the curriculum do not focus on making a living and living life, universities have become businesses and sports franchises, and so on and on and on....

    Solutions...Yes the technology and the tools already exist. There is an abundance of educational material available and schools are evolving slowly...but Politics and academia (a group that has made very little progress using technology until recently) are stumbling blocks. Worse still there is NO organization, politician or educational group that has a vision or a plan.

    Am already working towards solutions....always happy to work as a team. Tangoblue@netscape.net is the preferred contact for the moment. Have commented (as a test) on education elsewhere on TED to see what the response was....suspect most people are overwhelmed. I am not. If interested in "working" drop a note. Regards....Steve
  • Nov 19 2011: First the technology to do this exists and is typically free unless you have some sophisticated requirements. As with any project one would need to define it specifically so the tools can be suggested. If you do. I will. But bear in mind that still requires one to learn how to use the tools. Tangoblue@netscape.net.
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      Dec 15 2011: Thanks Stephen! I've got an awesome project in mind! Where are you based? Cheers,K
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    Nov 18 2011: I think that would be a good idea....but it isn't easy. If you had a group of 12 year olds...20 year olds and 40...and then have a group, a member from each to discuss....it could work (because everyone has a say)....

    Kids give imagination, young adults have the power of knowledge of future, old ones have knowledge of the past.
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      Nov 27 2011: very chinese... and your correct everybody must have a say... people from different time frames.
      ACTION has always has 3 TENSES: past, present and future.

      Making an action sustainable would mean knowing it should be done as projected by these three.
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        Dec 15 2011: Thanks. Love that. We often miss the future in consideration of our planet, eh?!
  • Dec 17 2011: Managed to actually get something to post (see my other posts) but was unable to correct the flying finger word omissions....it won't let me edit. Hello TED....you have software issues.
  • Dec 17 2011: Kristina.......this is a test....have tried to reply 4 times but TED has a problem. If you are reading ths my reply follows.
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    Nov 27 2011: Great question Kristina, Lets make it a reality.....
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      Dec 15 2011: Sure Craig ... any ideas in mind?
      I've got one! Ready to start?
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      Dec 16 2011: Hi Craig ... I had an incomplete message in my inbox of a reply from you ... however, it is not here on the TED platform? My email is kristina@ismotion.info
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    Nov 21 2011: You might just as well put the kids through internships at some of the global conglomerates, in a sense, they are the ones who constantly present local solutions for global challenges. If this is the way our world is going, what's the difference?
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      Dec 15 2011: I like finding opportunities to engage young people that are alternative learners or come from different backgrounds and would not have the skill set or esteem for an internship ... besides it could be more expensive that way?