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The global, cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training

Berlin, December 6 – 8, 2017

Plenary B

The Annual OEB Debate!

Date Thursday, Dec 7  Time   –    Room Potsdam 1

Always one of the highlights of OEB, the debate is an opportunity for participants to discuss one of the most important issues of the day with our expert speakers. The parliamentary-style format encourages a lively exchange of views and allows plenty of time for audience participation. The motion for debate this year is: “As the internet and social media are profoundly affecting both thinking and learning in ways that are not always beneficial, education institutions should take steps to encourage students to reduce their reliance on them”.

Our panel of expert speakers will open this fascinating and important debate about the effects of the internet and social media on students' capacity to think and learn. With such a controversial subject up for discussion, this year's debate promises to be as explosive as ever!

Chairperson

OEB speaker Harold Elletson

Harold Elletson

Communications Consultant and Senior Fellow, the Institute for Statecraft, UK

Speakers

OEB speaker Marc Prensky

Marc Prensky

Global Future Education Foundation and Institute, USA

OEB speaker Julia Hobsbawm

Julia Hobsbawm

Expert in Social Health at Cass Business School, London and author of Fully Connected: Surviving and Thriving in an Age of Overload, UK

OEB speaker Claire Fox

Claire Fox

Director of the Institute of Ideas, Writer and TV and BBC Radio Panelist, UK

OEB speaker Joe Edelman

Joe Edelman

nxhx and Livable Media, USA