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Educ.Ar Dogma

Visit Educ.ar at www.educ.ar

1) We exist because we are convinced that people can teach and learn better with the Internet.

2) For the past 500 years, the best technology for studying has been the textbook and now it is the Internet.

3) Educ.ar is a great source of support for students outside of class. They find everything they need to study in the portal. Educ.ar could as appropriately be called “estudi.ar”. Anything that does not have to do with studying should not be found in the portal.

4) Educ.ar assists teachers in their tasks and supports their work for the good of the entire educational system.

5) Textbooks are read in the silent and solitary environment of a library but the Internet permits people to choose whether to work alone or in conjunction with a whole community of teachers and learners. The Internet unites students and teachers who are studying the same topics.

6) Education and culture are not the same thing. Culture is a result of a good education. Educ.ar is not a cultural portal. It is a portal that prepares people for culture but does not include cultural themes.

7) The shares of Educ.ar belong to every person in Argentina. The donation of The Varsavsky Foundation and all of the businesses that are collaborating with Educ.ar have the objective of educating a new generation of Argentines. The goal is not to entertain, to inform or to sell, but simply to educate. Many other portals exist to entertain, inform or sell but Educ.ar is the portal for students and teachers to study and learn.

8) Educ.ar is managed by the Argentina Ministry of Education and the portal will be brought to all the provinces in the country with all the materials needed to study on the Internet.

9) Not all works are taught better on-line. Works of literature, for example, are best read on paper. In general, books that are meant to be read from cover to cover are best read off-line. In creating contents for Educ.ar, we must always ask if there is a real benefit to using the Internet. If it is not better taught on-line, there is no point in putting it there.

10) Educ.ar shall not spend money on activities that are not purely educational and interactive. Before authorizing payment for material, the treasurer should ask, “whom does this material help to study?”

11) Argentina is divided into provinces, each of which has its own curriculum. Educ.ar must reflect this division.

12) Educ.ar is not a horizontal portal like www.elsitio.com or www.terra.com. Educ.ar has a hom page that brings users directly to the educational material and homework they need. A map of Argentina is needed and a scale with grade levels. A student can quickly find the necessary material.

13) If textbooks are today’s educational guides, Educ.ar must be the interactive educational movie. If contents in Educ.ar do not take advantage of the benefits of the Internet, (interactivity, sound, links, animation, personalization) why put them there at all?

14) Printing is more expensive than buying printed material. Much of Educ.ar’s contents must be usable on-screen. Kids have been living stuck to tv screens for 30 years and no one has gone blind. We do not believe in contents for printing. Printing should only be an occasional option.

15) In an ideal world, Educ.ar would use “thin clients” and broad band. In reality, we must work from disconnected PCs with CD ROM until we can work with thin clients and ethernets (LANS). This is the future model but in the meantime, CD ROMs will suffice.

16) The first experience of teachers who are trained to teach with Educ.ar must be really special. If new users believe that they just read on-line without hearing, seeing and feeling the Internet is special, we have failed.

17) Educ.ar has to be opened. People who work at Educ.ar will edit the site, not create it. Educ.ar has to be made by the community and edited by us.

18) Internet personalizes. We will take advantage of this so that every student can be taken further and future leaders of Argentina will be formed.

19) We license foreign contents, taking advantage of the excellent contents that exist in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and any other language.

20) The salaries of Educ.ar workers cannot be disproportionate to other salaries in the educational system in Argentina. People who work at Educ.ar do it because they are teachers, not for money.

21) Educ.ar has to incorporate all the provinces, to have central contents disseminated and to buy contents in groups that are for the whole nation.

22) Educ.ar is an international movement. We take advantage of the fact that in Fundacion Chile are our partners and of the material available in www.enlaces.cl and www.ie2000.cl

23) The educational zone in Educ.ar has to cover specific topics from the curricula, not education itself. Students study chemistry, physics, astronomy, literature and not pedegogy. The zones must reflect this. The zone of biology must make users feel like biologists and of physics like physicists. The portal does not have to have the same presentation as one moves deeper into it.

24) If we see something educational on the Internet that we like and we know in what level and which course it would be taught, we must immediately license it and incorporate it into the portal.

25) Educ.ar is to fill a matrix by province, years and subjects, each with interactive contents that use the power of the Internet. This is our work.

26) For the University sector, Educ.ar has to be more than anything else, a tool of publication. The professors will be able to publish in Educ.ar without having to have their work audited by our group editor.

Posted on February 7, 2005