www.createdebate.com/teachers Created by: NaKenia Carruthers
Debate (v) to discuss a question by considering opposed arguments (n) a regulated discussion of a proposition between two matched sides
“Integrate technology into the classroom by allowing our students to discuss and debate their thoughts and opinions on current topics of study.”
Now teachers can access all of thefeatures and functions of CreateDebate in a PRIVATE setting specifically designed for a classroom Teachers can customize and build an online debate community that can be easily incorporated into almost any lesson plan!
Students will be engaged! Discussions will be enriched! Peer Collaboration at its finest! In class debates or assigned as homework!
Students can vote on the arguments written by their peers. The most compelling arguments are voted to the top of each debate, so students are encouraged to be persuasive! Students can build their own profiles!
Teacher Features… make announcements see who is online track and evaluate participation give private feedback filter inappropriate content Easy to use takes about 15 minutes to create and personalize a new debate community!
The Proof is in the Pudding… “My favorite aspect of the site is the CreateDebate communities tailored just for classroom use. This is a great technological tool easily allowing students to discuss and debate thoughts with others outside of their classroom or even possibly outside school building walls. I like that CreateDebate allows teachers to have complete control regarding public accessibility.” -Teacher “I dabbled with it a little myself and then had my senior expository students explore it to procures their argumentative paper research. The goal of Orme’s team is to build a useful learning tool that will help “people sort through issues, viewpoints and opinions so that consensus and understanding can be reached and better decisions can be made.” I believe the site does this.” - Teacher
In-Class Debates: Fertile Ground for Active Learning and the Cultivation of Critical Thinking and Oral Communication Skills “Students learn more effectively by actively analyzing, discussing, and applying content in meaningful ways rather than by passively absorbing information (Bonwell & Eison, 1991); therefore, students benefit when instructors utilize instructional strategies that promote active engagement.” Bonwell and Eison define active learning as “anything that involves students doing things and thinking about the things they are doing” (p. 2)
In-Class Debates: Fertile Ground for Active Learning and the Cultivation of Critical Thinking and Oral Communication Skills In most debates, only two to six students actively participate in the debate; does this mean that the rest of the students are passive rather than active learners? Several debate formats, such as the Four Corner Debate described previously, address this issue by requiringallstudents to participate in some fashion. ALL students can participate with CreateDebate! Ruth Kennedy: Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/pdf/IJTLHE200.pdf
Meeting State Standards ELA3R3The student uses a variety of strategies to gain meaning from grade-level text. ELA3W2The student produces a persuasive piece of writing that: a. Captures a reader’s interest by stating a clear position/opinion and developing a point of view. EX: Who is the nicest character from Charlotte’s Web? What aspects of their character make them the nicest?
Meeting NETS- Student Standards NETS-SCommunication and Collaboration Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. a. interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media. b. communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats.
Meeting NETS- Teacher Standards NETS-T: Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity c. promote student reflection using collaborative tools to reveal and clarify students' conceptual understanding and thinking, planning, and creative processes. NETS-T: Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments a. design or adapt relevant learning experiences that incorporate digital tools and resources to promote student learning and creativity.
“A philosopher who is not taking part in discussions Is like a boxer who never goes into the ring” - Wittgenstein, Ludwig
Resources International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 2007, Volume 19, Number 2, 183-190 http://www.isetl.org/ijtlhe/ ISSN 1812-9129 http://www.gradinggirl.com/archives/2818 www.createdebate.com/teachers http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-teachers/nets-for-teachers-2008.aspx Google images