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Monday, September 10, 2012

Eracism Project 2012-2 Forming Now



Press Release September 8, 2012.

Announcing, the Eracism Project 2012, (another Flat Classroom® Project) - a global student debate that joins diverse cultures and includes authentic debate for global competence and international mindedness.

Fact based debate is a very essential skill with students who often equate the term "debate" with argument.  The Eracism project: A Flat Classroom® Project was envisioned by the winning student team from the 2009 Flat Classroom Conference held in Doha, Qatar and their concept was to hold debates using Web 2.0 tools to improve cultural understanding.  

Schools selected for the Eracism Project 2012-2 will be asked to enter a 4 person debate team, with the remaining students in the class being researchers around the topic, 

"Global management of natural resources will cause conflict between cultures"  


The initial debates will be held asynchronously but in what organizers are calling a "simulated synchronous" environment with the final winning teams debating live in a virtual world.  This project was first carried out in 2009 and was run again in March 2012 and will now start again in September 2012. 

We welcome applications NOW from teachers and their classrooms around the world. We also need judges and volunteers to help with debate coaching. To apply for this project as a class or judge or volunteer or request to be involved in the teacher information meeting, please complete this form

Classrooms in Upper Primary, Middle and High School are encouraged to apply (students of age 11 and above). Organisers will create two strands in this project based on demand. 

Application deadline is September 24, with announcement of project classrooms by Friday September 28, 2012.

The first teacher online meeting will take place near October 1, 2012. Actual date and time to be advised. 


Tentative Timeline
This project has a planned start date of October 1, 2012 with debates beginning October 15 and  concluding with the final debate held in a virtual world (and to be streamed live) in late November/early December 2012.  Schools applying must specify their school holiday dates so that they can be best placed in the project on the debate grid.

Phase 1 - Research & CoachingThis will happen at the school level as classrooms research the topic and practice debate at their local level. 
Phase 2 - Asynchronous Debate RoundStudents will use VoiceThread to debate with each round taking approximately one week.  
Phase 3 - Synchronous DebateThe top two teams will debate live in a virtual world with the debate streamed live on the web for students and educators around the world to watch.  
Phase 4 - ReflectionStudents and teachers will reflect on ways to improve the methods for  global debates. 

Process
Due to the asynchronous components used, Eracism will use a hybrid debating style that is based on Conflict or Initiative Debating.  

The teams prepare their cases; they present their arguments and evidence; and, they rebut the other team's arguments and evidence. The debate cycle will generally align with the Middle School Public Debate Program found at http://www.middleschooldebate.com

Each debate will be adjudicated by 3 judges and the winning team advances to the next round.

Most of the debates will be carried out on VoiceThread with the final debate being streamed live in a virtual world.

Thank you to the sponsors of this project: VoicethreadWikispacesBlackboard Collaborate. (Virtual world platform to be announced soon)

Co-founders of Flat Classroom® Projects, Julie Lindsay and Vicki Davis, are delighted to have the leadership of Flat Classroom® Certified Teacher, Eva Brown, and her students from Red River College, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada take charge of this inspirational global collaborative project. 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. 

More information about Eracism: http://www.eracismproject.org
Application Form for Eracism 2012: http://tinyurl.com/Eracism12-2
Flat Classroom Projects: http://flatclassroomprojec.net
Contact us: fcp@flatclassroom.org
Directors, Vick Davis and Julie Lindsay
For more about the pedagogy and benefits of adding global collaboration to your curriculum, buy Julie and Vicki's book Flattening Classrooms, Engaging Minds from Pearson Publishing.  www.flatclassroombook.com
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