Monday, June 8, 2009

Debategraph - Diagrams of Global Debates

Debate Graph is a great resource that students can use to evaluate the many arguments in hot-button global topics. By providing webbed diagrams of arguments students can see and explore the many facets of debate.

To find a debate, visit the gallery of debates on Debate Graph. There are two options for exploring debates. The simplest way to is use the "explorer view" of a debate. The "explorer view" provides an easy to explore webbed diagram. To explore a debate students just need to click on any of the connected circles in a diagram. To explore a debate in the most depth, select the "mapper view" which gives you access to all of the information used in the creation of webbed diagrams. If you want to create your own debate diagram or contribute to one that is already started register for free on Debate Graph.
















Applications for Education
Rarely are debates a simple two-sided matter. Debate Graph provides students with a great tool for exploring the many facets of debates. Students could also create their own Debate Graphs in preparation for an in-person debate with classmates.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Opposing Views - Experts Debate Public Policy and More
ProCon - Helping Students Evaluate Controversial Topics