""The use of Facebook by students around the world to communicate with one another does more harm than good.""
This is our topic for the Eracism 2013 project. You may wonder - why did we limit it to Facebook - well, after much-- yes, --- debate-- on our end, every good debate topic should have compelling topics on both sides - we wanted to have compelling discussions around social media and keep with the original spirit of the 4 students who envisioned this project. They wanted to debate topics of importance to promote cultural understanding.
If you want to sign up, this is linked to the 2013 press release that will tell you how to enter a team from middle up to high school (there are 2 brackets). We debate asynchronously in a method we call "simulated synchronous" until the finals, when we have a synchronous live debate in blackboard collaborate.
The finals for the Eracism project debate are being held live this week. The first two teams will be debating this Thursday, December 13 at 9 am EAstern time in Blackboard Collaborate. It is a very exciting experience - my own students did this on the first project! How wonderful. I hope some of you can come. If you want to know more about Eracism and get information on the dates, here's the website and protocols.
Debate is something that many schools have removed from their curriculum. This is a simple way to pull in debate to compete with other schools around the world asychronously using voicethread. It is free and open to middle school classrooms around the world. Here is the application form.
Debate resources for those who work with debate. This particular lesson plan teaches about arguing before and against a proposition.
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