Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Another new tool, and one that has some promise. Create Debate is an online debate tool. A person (the "moderator") can pose a question and allow respondents to debate the question. Then others can rate the effectiveness of their arguments. Those questions can be an either/or argument, or what is called a "popularity contest", which the participants can throw out their own possibility (such as, "who do you think will be president in 2016?").
There also is a feature where a person can provide links in their arguments. When the program formats your response, it puts a tag at the bottom of your response called "Supporting Evidence" with the link.
I haven't played with it enough to know if there is a way to create a closed debate, so only your class could participate. But it looks promising, nevertheless, even for hosting debates outside of a specific class period (have your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th hour debate, or team up with another school and debate).