Teacher Review for Room4Debate

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Rae O.
Co-Director UC Merced Writing Project
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My Subjects English Language Arts
My Rating
Learning Scores
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
This site is good to get students entering into a discussion about issues that are relevant and important to them. Students can post a debate topic and others can respond to it with their expertise, opinions, or experience. It works well as an initial survey of a topic to determine whether or not it warrants further research based on the responses the topic receives. Also a good way to teach the difference between warranted arguments and unsubstantiated opinions.
My Take
This site has its place in the argument writing type for Common Core as a supplemental source for surveying the opinions of others. The drawback is that it is not protected and anyone can post. Students would need to learn to evaluate posts on their topics as to the usefulness of the information in supporting an argument.