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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.



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  • 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

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