January 15, 2008

Our Economist debate: social networks do have a positive impact on education

Economist_debateUpdate: The debate has started.

This week you can take part in the Economist.com debate I will start today with Michael Bugeja, Director of Greenlee School of Journalism and Communication at Iowa State University. We're arguing our corners in an Oxford-style online debate, he against the motion that social networking will have a positive impact on education, and I'm arguing for the motion.

There's never any guarantee of the obvious, 'correct' and researched answers getting the most votes, so please do go over, have a read through the opening articles and the rebuttals and closings later this week. You can make comments, too, which will help feed into the subsequent articles.

Incidentally, my first 1000 words were effectively co-written in a 25 minute Twitter conversation across the web and mobile phones. My thanks to Lucy, John, Nick, Lisa, Adam, Judy, Sue, David... and many more who jumped onto Twitter. Who can say social networking is not having a postive impact on the way teachers, at least, are learning?

You can join in on the debate at some point starting later today, January 15th.

Related posts: Feedback from the first post   |    Rebuttal now published

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