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BBC World Class International Debates

BBC World Class - International Debates - 22nd November 2012 11am - 1pm GMT.

The BBC international online debates for schools, part of their BBC World Class programme.  The BBC sets a question and puts up some relevant video, school students email in their comments during a two-hour time window.  These are moderated and published on a live feed for other schools to read and comment on.   The aim is to uncover what students think on these topics, hopefully with some degree of frankness, and to encourage them to enter into conversation with others from around the world (via their teachers).

On the 22nd November, they are hosting a debate on science – perceptions and ambitions.  The page is here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldclass/20227531.  The debate runs from 11am – 1pm GMT.

Teachers may be interested in signing up their classes to participate, and so I would be grateful if you could please pass this information onto your contract holders in case they have teachers who might want to get involved.  In addition, STEM Ambassadors may be interested in going online and emailing in their own perspective for the students to discuss, or in visiting a participating class during or before the debate in order to facilitate the discussion with students.  Emailing in would be multischool; visiting a school to help them prepare for the debate would be single-school.  There is no obligation to send this out to Ambassadors, but it is something that is likely to be of interest to some and so may be useful.  Of course, an Ambassador visit to a school would need to be requested by a teacher who was participating, so it’s maybe more something to raise in conversation with teachers than something that would be immediately ready for the newsletter.

By way of an example, a previous debate (not on STEM) can be seen here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldclass/20094602.  Note a video plays automatically at the link. 


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