Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Announcing - Global Youth Debates - Join now!

Press release September 7, 2013.

Announcing the Global Youth Debates Project for 2013-14, (another Flat Classroom® Project created by Flat Connections) - a global student debate (formerly called Eracism) that joins diverse cultures and includes authentic debate for global competence, international mindedness and action.

Global Youth Debates  is designed for schools of all systems across the world and for students of age 10-18 approximately.
Global Youth Debates aims to connect schools, teachers and students globally to learn more about the world, with the world. New methodologies to connect, communicate and collaborate have made asynchronous formal debating possible globally.
The Global Youth Debates provides a valuable global collaborative debating experience suitable for all learning environments and learners.

Focus on Debate - Go Global - Lead into Action

Is your school looking to connect with others globally?
Do you support researched discussion and debate that leads to action?
Are you a Debate leader in your school?
Do you want to enhance your school program and introduce debating?

Global Youth Debates offers a unique opportunity to:

  • develop a strong debating program
  • harness new technologies to connect and collaborate with the world   
  • build globally minded, culturally aware young people
  • go beyond talking and implement actions based on logical debating that will change and improve your local community   
Global Youth Debates provides a fully supported, yearlong (or semester length) program for:   
  • learning how to debate   
  • learning how to share research
  • learning how to belong to an online learning community   
  • participation in asynchronous and synchronous debates with global partners   
Global Youth Debates is about sharing local worldviews in a global forum with the aim of finding common approaches to solving world conflicts. It is about building a world which is aware of shared human values and has a commitment to ongoing collaboration leading to making ethical decisions which have global effect, transforming global solutions through debate.

The project opens eyes and hearts as students debate on an issue that will bring together diverse ideas, develop transferable skills and create lasting friendships.

Global Youth Debates Theme 2013-14 - Sustainability

We believe that sustainability is a common global goal and can serve as a starting point for dialog among students around the world.  The questions become how best can we protect “our” health and the environment while at the same time respect competing interests of, say, developing nations who have the need to build and otherwise industrialize their nations to feed their populations.

Schools joining Global Youth Debates will be asked to enter one or more debate teams, with the remaining students in the class being researchers around the 2013-14 Sustainability topic,

"Using plastic water bottles does more harm than good"  

The initial debates will be held asynchronously but in what organizers are calling a "simulated synchronous" environment with the final winning teams debating live using a virtual classroom tool.

We welcome applications NOW from teachers and their classrooms around the world. We also need Judges to help with debate coaching. To apply for this project as a class or judge please complete this form.

Classrooms in Upper Primary/Elementary, Middle and High School are encouraged to apply (students of age 10 and above). Organisers will create two strands in this project based on demand for different age levels.

Application deadline is the week starting September 23, 2013, with announcement of project classrooms by Friday September 27, 2012.

The first teacher online meeting will take place the week starting September 23.
Actual date and time to be advised.

Global Youth Debates - SEMESTER 1 TIMELINE

  • Week starting September 23:
      - Project Applications due
       - Official 'Kickoff' and Information meeting for teachers
  • Community of learners created using Edmodo
  • Research begins and is ongoing
  • Voicethread Bootcamp   
  • Judges training
  • All schools complete a practice debate - Preliminary Debate #1
  • Judges and schools provide feedback
  • Debate Round 1 - a full 2-part debate bracket is completed across 5 weeks   
December - Celebration of Semester 1

See more Timeline details on the website
Explore the Sustainability Theme
Discover the Debating Process

Thank you to the sponsors of this project: Voicethread for making asynchronous debating exciting!

Advisory Board members for Global Youth Debates, Julie Lindsay, Eva Brown, Bernajean Porter and Marcia Alessi welcome the leadership of pre-service students from Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Read more information about Global Youth Debates (formerly called Eracism).

Full process and structure found on the Teacher Guide

Don’t miss out this year! Application Form for Global Youth Debates 2013-14

Contact us: globaldebate@flatconnections.com

Contact Julie Lindsay,
Director Flat Classroom/Flat Connections

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