Teacher Review For Room4Debate

Forum for an electronic debate/Socratic seminar

Sara J.
Classroom teacher
Fort Bend ISD
Sugar Land, TX
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My Grades 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 5
Support 3
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
How I Use It
The website is perfect for high schoolers, especially AP juniors, to participate in or analyze argumentative writing. Someone posses a debatable issue (often times accompanied by a position statement, position paper with citations, or additional leading questions) and registered users can participate in or create discussions or debates. In debates, you take a clear stand for or against with all the cons grouped together on one side and all the pros on the other, while discussions do not require the participant to take a stance. This can be used in many ways within a classroom: - Analyze the arguments - Students participate in the debate - Start a debate or discussion
My Take
What is so great about this forum is that it is a perfect model of people sounding smart while debating. The internet is filled with ridiculous and/or poorly written arguments. This really shows the proper way to disagree in a professional/academic/civilized manner. The only issues I see is that an e-mail is required if you want to participate and that at the time of writing this review there is not a large community. I think it is also a perfect place for people to publish opinion essays who are open to feedback on the topic.