The future appears to be interaction learning.
One prime example is Deeyoon, a site that launched just a couple hours ago. It’s an online platform that lets you participate in live debates, create your own video debates, and even watch and vote on other debates. While this unfiltered take on online discourse is intriguing, it’s more interesting to see how it can fit into the classroom.
From my relatively limited experience with Deeyoon (it did launch just a couple hours ago after all), it appears that the entire world is about to start arguing over just about everything. Even Jose Canseco is joining in the ‘fun.’ Deeyoon is working to create a big splash as they told me they’re preparing to do some celebrity debates via TMZ.
You don’t often think of TMZ when you think of engaged learning. Or at least I hope you don’t.
But Deeyoon, despite it’s big launch today, looks to be a free web 2.0 platform perfect for engaged learners who want to have a rigorous debate with other students around the world. Debate teams could leverage it to hone their skills. Classrooms in different districts could use it to set up mock debates where they go school-versus-school. Students could debate administrators or teachers about just about anything.
And during these debates, the audience can vote in real-time over who is doing a better job.
It’s no coincidence that Deeyoon launched less than 24 hours before the Presidential Debate here in the U.S. The appetite for a heated debate is at a fever pitch.
I’d recommend checking out the site and watching a few debates. Since the site is still relatively new, don’t be surprised to find few debates or live options. However, you can watch previous debates and weigh in by voting. If you’re looking to use Deeyoon in the classroom, you may want to screen the entire recorded debates for assigning them as homework to watch and vote on. There may be unfiltered language etc. Just a heads up.
The next step would be to set up your own debate and invite a select group of people to participate and watch. NOTE: You’ll have to use Facebook to create a free account.
For example, you could set up a debate and invite a particular other person or group to take part. Then invite others to watch and vote for a winner. It’s not the most elegant solution but it’s free and relatively easy to use.
How will you use a live global debate platform? Would you? Should you stick to Google+ and Skype perhaps? It’ll be interesting to see where Deeyoon goes from here but they are said to be courting some ‘online publishers’ which would make them available to blogs and websites. In other words, they may be working with companies like YouTube or WordPress to offer a simple widget or add-on to enable live video debate on a website. Stay tuned!