Education Fast Forward Debate 8

New Pedagogies: Is this the time?

eff8Education Fast Forward Debate 8 is near. EFF8 will take place on Thursday, November 21, 2013 and will be streamed live on Promethean Planet from 12.00 until 14.30 GMT (7:00 Eastern). The debate topic will be New Pedagogies: Is this the time? If you’ve never joined an EFF debate, they are a unique experience, whether you are a global education thinker or haven’t thought beyond the classroom or district walls… yet. So, what exactly is Education Fast Forward?

Education Fast Forward, EFF, is a regularly scheduled gathering of students, educators, education leaders, international policy makers, and community innovators from around the world. EFF has nothing to do with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, so don’t get confused there. Education Fast Forward, while promoting digital learning and communications, is all about changing the way we look at education—from the local to the international—and making change happen. The connecting thread in all the debates has been education for all. The speakers and participants during these relevant, live-streamed education debates actively voice their ideas in person, as well as through social media, like Twitter (#EFF) and FaceBook. Everyone has a voice during these events.

Kristen Weatherby

Kristen Weatherby


Michael Fullen

It is very easy to enter our classrooms daily with only thoughts of class-specific lesson plans or making it to the end of the day—without a look to the outside world. There are many reasons for this, but educators need to be part of the international education discussion, as well as the local, and they need to make sure their students know more than what’s inside the four walls of their classroom. Today, in this digitally connected world, this shouldn’t be optional, but rather mandatory. Every
faculty meeting should devote at least a few moments to talking about how to become more involved and promote international citizenship—and how to discuss and debate those ideas with students. For most, the classroom may be the only place where that can happen, so for all educators, it is an obligation. The easiest way to start getting a picture of that global education story is to join and participate in an EFF debate. Join us and the world, as well as featured presenters Michael Fullan and Kristen Weatherby, at EFF Debate 8 (EFF8) on November 21,2013. Get involved. You owe it to your students and your children to help shape the future of education. Together we can make a difference.

Ken Royal

Ken Royal is an educator with 34 years of classroom/school and instructional technology teaching experience, as well as a blogger on all things education and education technology. Teaching accomplishments include: 4-time district teacher of the year, Connecticut Middle School Teacher of the Year, as well as Bill and Melinda Gates award for Technology School of Excellence. He is an Education storyteller. Follow @KenRoyal on Twitter.
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