Connected Classrooms: Virtual Debate
We're inviting middle school educators to help us improve Thinkalong by beta testing the new virtual debate feature, Connected Classrooms. In a safe, online forum, students across the country will be able to build civil debate and media literacy skills using trusted sources from PBS, NPR, and other public media.
How to do a virtual debate
After signing-up for an online debate, teachers are contacted by a Thinkalong team member to schedule a date, time, and topic.
After coordinating with both teachers, a Thinkalong team member will send a password-protected link to all participants. On the day of debate, participants can join the private video conference.
The host introduces the topic and flips a coin to assign sides. Suggestion: teachers should review Thinkalong modules with students beforehand.
When the speakers have finished, the judge uses the Thinkalong rubric to deliver their decision. To keep the debate fair, only the resources on the Thinkalong module are allowed during the debate.
After the debate concludes, the videos are made available to teachers.
Sign up now to connect your classroom
Find a topic you want to discuss with your students and get ready for a debate!