Problem-solving, logical thinking, various conclusions
Pedagogical starting point
- Forcing participants to provide justifications for phenomena
- Deepening understanding
- New perspectives on the issue at hand through shared thinking
- Speech and communication skills
- Enables various conclusions to be drawn
- Define the subject of the debate (statement) together.
- Create the environment (layout) and open the document templates.
- Select the opposing teams, judge(s), secretary/secretaries and audience. The secretary or two secretaries document the arguments and counter-arguments.
- The teams prepare their opening speeches (with time limits set by the chairperson).
- The chairperson gives the floor to members of the two teams alternately. The audience may participate in the debate.
- A summary discussion.
- Layout: debate
- Interactive whiteboard: subject and rules of the debate
- Shared Google document or Etherpad for collaborative writing
- The secretaries record each team’s arguments in a separate document.
- During the summary discussions, the documents are supplemented and combined into one file.
- The documents are shared to participants via the learning platform, by e-mail or by some other means.
Material on this page was produced in 4GEE project funded by Central Finland’s ELY Centre (2010-2013).