More about the Eracism Project
Phase 1 - Research & Coaching
This will happen at the school level as classrooms research the topic and practice debate at their local level. Out of this process, the school should select their 4 top debaters (2 teams of 2 students) to be the "live" debaters with classmates serving as research assistants and peer reviewers.
Phase 2 - Asynchronous Debate Round
Students will use VoiceThread to debate with each round taking approximately one week. Three judges per debate will provide feedback (also via VoiceThread) and the lead judge will declare the winner based upon the three judges' votes.
Phase 3 - Synchronous Debate
The top two teams will debate live in a virtual world with the debate streamed live on the web for students and educators around the world to watch. The audience will vote to determine the winner on this topic.
Phase 4 - Reflection
Students and teachers will reflect via Blackboard Collaborate, Voicethread, and surveys to refine and improve the methods for hosting asynchronous and synchronous global debates to promote fact-based debate and dialog that reflects the diverse landscape of our world. Additionally, they will reflect on the topic debated.
Resources for the Eracism 13-1 Project