The Eracism Project
“We are eracism”
Kickoff Meeting Feb 12/13 2013
Introducing the Flat
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Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher @flatclassroom
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Japan – March 8-10, 2013
What is the Eracism Project?
• A global student debate
• Asynchronous debating style
• A global community – classrooms,
students and teachers connecting and
• Best-practice debating format
• Topics that help to build understanding
of global and cultural issues
”The use of Facebook
by students around the world
to communicate with one another
does more harm than good.”
Eracism Wiki – eracism.flatclassroomproject.org
Here are the steps for you to follow to stay on the debate timeline:
Communicate with your opponents – teachers, please contact each
other regarding timeline and when you will be ready to record in
Begin your research on the debate topic, teach, discuss, hold mock
debates within your class. Divide your class into the affirmative and
opposition teams regardless of your position in the Eracism project.
Debate Flow: 1st Proposition glance… Opposition Speaker -> 2nd Proposition Speaker ->2nd Opposition Speaker -> 3rd Opposition
Debating roles at a Speaker -> 1st
Rebuttal -> 3rd Proposition Rebuttal
Affirmative / Proposition Negative / Opposition
1.First Proposition speaker 1.First Opposition speaker
Defines the topic Defines the topic
2.Allocates topics to speakers. 2.Allocates topics to speakers
3.Introduces main points of the arguments 3.Introduces the main points of the arguments
1.Second Proposition speaker 1.Second Opposition speaker
2.Arguments and examples 2.Arguments and examples
1.Third Proposition Rebuttal speaker 1.Third Opposition Rebuttal speaker
How to structure a rebuttal point in 4 steps:
1) What did they say? – State the point you want to argue [Signalling]
2) Why is it wrong? – Say why your team disputes the point, make your counter claim. [State]
3) Evidence or justification – Use example(s) or justification to support your counter claim [Support]
4) Contrast / Summarize – Explain the importance of your argument [Summarize]
• Bracket A – 11-12 year olds
• Bracket B – 13-14 year olds
• Bracket C – 15/16 and 17/18 year olds
Every school debates twice
• If you are eliminated in the first round
you move into “persuade me again
playoffs” for a chance at a win in
• Marcia Alessi
• Julie Lindsay
• Eva Brown
• Volunteers from around the world.
• Eva Brown
• Steve Muth, Voicethread
• Vicki Davis
VT in Eracism Project
• Create an account at VoiceThread.com
• Go to the Eracism wiki
• Locate your Bracket – A, B or C
• Go to the appropriate slide for your
task, i.e., student stating case, student
rebuttal, judges, comments
• Platforms – Mac, PC, iPad, iPhone -
Procedure to Record
• Debate Flow: 1st Proposition Speaker -> 1st Opposition Speaker -> 2nd Proposition Speaker ->2nd
Opposition Speaker -> 3rd Opposition Rebuttal -> 3rd Proposition Rebuttal
• On Slide 2 - "Stating the Case" slide -
• The Affirmative--1st Proposition Speaker--records then the Negative--1st Opposition Speaker--has 24
hours to respond and record or sooner.
• Still on Slide 2 - "Stating the Case" slide
• 2nd Proposition Speaker records then waits for the 2nd Opposition Speaker to record.
• Slide 3 - "Rebuttals and Closing Statement" Slide –
• 3rd Opposition Rebuttal records on the Rebuttal slide followed by the 3rd Proposition Rebuttal.
• It is important, very important, that the debating teams communicate with each other as to when they will
be recording. No emails or notifications are sent to either team to indicate when one team has recorded -
YOU must do that communication. Please be considerate of the breaks that each school takes and work
with your schedules.
• Twitter - @eracismproject
• Hashtag - #eracism, #flatclass
What is next?
• Teachers please join the wiki
– Bring your students in ObaWorld
Follow instructions on this page:
• Be ready to debate March 1!
• Start teaching! -
• On the Eracism wiki:
• In ObaWorld
– create a page
– start a forum
Please Stay Connected!
• Join ObaWorld!
• Teacher meetings will be held after
Round 1 and after Round 2 (semi-finals)
• Voicethread Bootcamp – Monday,
February 18th, 2013 – 8:00 p.m. EST
• Judges Training – the week of February
Julie: Our aim is to create projects and opportunities across all levels of education. Right now we have FCP and NetGenEd for high school, Digiteen for upper ES, MS and HS, AWL for upper ES, Eracism for MS HS and our new pilot this semester is Building Bridges to Tomorrow for K-2 level – over 40 classrooms from about more than 10 countries