Item Number: INT-DEBATE
UNIQUE DIGITAL CLASSROOM DEBATE: Use Google Slides or PowerPoint Online to host a debate. Students take opposing positions on an issue in a slide show, support their view with researched facts, and respond to a countering argument with a rebuttal in words and images. Audience members use online comments to ask questions and evaluate the more convincing case.
BUILD CRITICAL THINKING AND COLLABORATION: Empower students with essential life and employability skills. Step-by-step, focused activities teach teens to create balanced and informed arguments, use logical reasoning and supporting evidence, and develop effective communication skills.
ACTIVE, LEARNER-CENTERED LESSONS: Workbook in PDF format allows students to develop independent work habits. Samples provide inspiration. Sentence starters model exemplary debate wording. Checklists hone organizational skills. Teacher Guide provides strategies, ideas, and assessment tools.
PROMOTE STEM and CTE: Blend technology with curriculum. Pick a topic from social studies, science, history, novel study, or any subject area to form opposing viewpoints. Encourage an appreciation and acceptance of multiple perspectives. Cultivate career skills such as teamwork, problem solving, persuasive writing, and self-directed learning.
ORDER OPTIONS – YOUR CHOICE: Purchase a single project, or up to 4, and receive them immediately as a digital download. Order 5 or more, the complete Intermediate Set, or the package of all TechnoKids projects and get a flash drive, binder, and project overview shipped to your school.
Technology Integration: History, Language Arts, Science, Social Studies
Technology Skill: Presentation, Word Processing
Program: Google, Google Docs, Google Slides, Office Online, PowerPoint Online
Assignment 1: What is a Debate?
Rate your ability to persuade others. Evaluate the effectiveness of arguments in sample debates.
Assignment 2: Brainstorm a Topic for your Debate
Partner up. Refer to a list of controversial issues. Negotiate to select a topic and position.
Assignment 3: Plan Arguments
Investigate the topic to develop an argument. Research evidence to support points.
Assignment 4: Invite a Partner to Debate
Share a file. Collaborate to create a title slide together.
Assignment 5: Take a Stand
State resolution. Clearly outline a position using a clip art character and callout on a slide.
Assignment 6: Present a Persuasive Argument
Prepare a constructive speech. Design slides that present three reasons an opinion is correct.
Assignment 7: Prepare a Rebuttal
Review opponent’s argument. Refute their weakest claim in a counter-argument.
Assignment 8: Summarize Ideas
Restate your arguments to convince an audience to agree with a viewpoint.
Assignment 9: Design an Animated Conversation
Animate callout bubbles to produce a dynamic conversation. Apply transitions to divide debate.
Assignment 10: Debate Checklist
Inspect the debate to confirm it is complete. Revise the structure, content, or design.
Assignment 11: Invite Audience Participation
Host a public debate. Allow viewers to ask questions about each viewpoint using Comments.
Assignment 12: Respond to Audience Questions
Defend a position by replying to viewer questions in a cross-examination.
Optional Classroom Debate Lessons
- Debate Topics: Activities to select a controversial issue to debate.
- Insert a Character Workshop: Discover multiple methods to insert images.
- Cross Examine your Opponent: Have each side ask a question.
- Judge Debate: Declare a "winner" of the debate. Who made a more convincing argument?
Use TechnoDebate with unlimited users at your site. A site is a physical location such as classroom, school, learning center, daycare, library, or home. If you teach at multiple sites, you will need to purchase one set for each location. Individual projects are downloadable. Order 5 or more projects or a set and receive a USB drive. Transfer the files to all devices at your site. View the PDF teacher guides and workbooks digitally or print as many as you need. Files CANNOT be posted in public domain.