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Science Debate Club | Meeting 2 Zhi Lin James Jusuf Yuan Yue Kimberly Ho
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.
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.
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?
The Debate Affirmative (Aff) – Supports the regular use of computers and electronic devices in middle and high school classrooms Negative (Neg) – Opposes
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.
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.
Partnerships There will be a special pairing today
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)
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?