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Here’s a tentative schedule for 2009. I assigned the top nine topics and left two months open so we can decide as a group if we want to pick from the remaining topics, or create new ones. We will discuss this schedule at January’s dialogue and make sure it works for the topic hosts.

February: Lessons From the Great Depression: What Should We Know Going Into Recession?
March: Sexual Responsibility: How is Society Helped or Hindered by Personal Sexual Choices?
April: OPEN
May: The Future of Marriage: What will "the institution" of marriage look like in 20 years?
June: Aging Boomers: Understanding the Economic Impacts of a Nation of Retirees
July: What Determines Attraction?
August: Texting, Email, Blogs, and the Fall of the English Language
September: OPEN
October: The Future of Education
November: How Americans View Food
December: Is the World Better or Worse Off Because of International Aid?


Here's the vote tally, FYI:
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January 27, 2009: Technology & Education

Topic Host: Tiffany Ivins


In your opinion, is the "right to education" a basic human right? Why or why not? In your opinion, does technology enable better *access* to free, high-quality educational opportunity and are the costs (economic, social, cultural) worth the benefits?
To prepare for our dialogue session, please spend about 30 minutes doing the following:
1) Browse 2 links on "Right to Education" and the 4 As (the right to education must be available, accessible, acceptable and adaptable):
http://right-to-education.org/node/46
http://right-to-education.org/node/226

2) Watch this 4 minute video on Youth-Managed Resource Centers (YMRC) in Nepal.

3) Browse this website to learn about projects where information and communication technologies (ICT) are central to social and economic development.

4) Find out what is happening with Open Educational Resources, Open Content and Open CourseWare.



If you are still interested, here are some more links (not mandatory for dis…