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1 Science Debate Club | Meeting 2 Zhi Lin James Jusuf Yuan Yue Kimberly Ho

2 Finalized Debate Structure  First Affirmative Speaker: 2min  Cross-Examination – 1.5 min  First Negative Speaker: 2min  Cross-Examination – 1.5min  Second Affirmative Speaker: 2min  Second Negative Speaker: 2min  First Negative Speaker: 1.5min  First Affirmative Speaker: 1.5min  Second Negative Speaker: 1.5min  Second Affirmative Speaker: 1.5min  The affirmative starts first and ends last, but the negative speaks twice in a row. There is two minute prep time for each side.

3 Future Meeting Format  We will switch rigorous debates with casual, friendly debates every other week.  It is highly recommended that members stay to watch the elimination round.

4 Background  It is becoming increasingly common for students to use iPads/laptops in the classroom for academic purposes  Some schools even lend these devices to their students for free – Scarsdale and Roslyn  Other schools/teachers ban such technology because it’s distracting – University of Chicago Law School: “ensure the value of the classroom experience”  New York Times: Lately educators are bringing social networks, interactive whiteboards, mobile devices and other technology into the classroom, with mixed results. Do these technologies benefit students? What are the downsides?

5 The Debate  Affirmative (Aff) – Supports the regular use of computers and electronic devices in middle and high school classrooms  Negative (Neg) – Opposes

6 Consequences (Negative Side)  Too much exposure to technology = unable to communicate face-to-face, a skill needed for life outside school.  The use of technology (word processers, etc) has deteriorated students’ abilities to spell, punctuate, and to use appropriate grammar  The constant influx of information and communication from electronic devices has reduced student’s ability to focus  The technology used in classrooms today will be obsolete by the time students enter the workforce.  Distraction: tempted to “peek” at sports scores, the latest headlines, or the number of “likes” we’ve accumulated on our latest Facebook or Instagram posts. 60% claimed that texting is a major cause for distraction and 59% said that students are busy checking out their favorite social-media sites.

7 Benefits (Affirmative Side)  Students must learn to multi-task and prioritize in our technology-driven world  Among students who owned a tablet, 82 percent said they used the device for academic purposes.  Students must learn to use technology to solve problems, communicate, share knowledge and express themselves.  Digital textbooks that are constantly updated and often more helpful, creative, interactive, and a lot cheaper than those old heavy books  As our nation becomes increasingly more technology-dependent, it becomes even more necessary that to be successful citizens, students must learn to be tech-savvy.  Integrating technology into the classroom is definitely a great way to reach diversity in learning styles.  When mobile technology is readily available in the classroom, students are able to access the most up-to-date information quicker and easier than ever before.

8 Partnerships  There will be a special pairing today

9 Judges’ Rubric  Preparation and Presentation (5): Satisfactorily Incorporates information from the PPT (2) Uses adequate information from research/prior knowledge and is credible (1) Speaks loudly and clearly (1) All supporting arguments are relevant/topical (1)  Argument (7): Rebuttals addressed all (or most) opposing claims (3) Convince that the opposing side is wrong (2) Proves/shows a greater impact (2)

10 Vote for Next Week’s Topic - Methods of finding cures for HIV (therapeutic vs Antibodies) - Combating bacterial resistance - Environmental policies in the USA - Human space flight (should / should not) be a major focus of NASA's efforts in ten years. - Should animal testing be allowed? - Should cloning and stem cell research be conducted?

11 References  s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom   s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom s-Students-NEED-Technology-in-the-Classroom   learning-tool-mobile-devices-in-the-classroom.aspx learning-tool-mobile-devices-in-the-classroom.aspx  &h=424 &h=424 

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