Lesson 7: Technological Advancements in Debating Skills

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The objective of this lesson is to equip learners with a comprehensive understanding of how technological advancements are transforming the art and practice of debating. By the end of this lesson, participants should be able to effectively integrate modern tools and platforms into their debating skills repertoire, enhancing research, argument development, delivery, and adjudication.

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Debating skills encompass a wide range of competencies, including critical thinking, research, argumentation, public speaking, and effective listening. Technology plays a pivotal role in each of these areas. This lesson will explore the evolution of debating skills in the context of:

  • Research and data analysis using digital tools.
  • Argument development with AI assistance.
  • Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) in practice and delivery.
  • Real-time fact-checking and evidence presentation.
  • Online platforms for debate forums and training.
  • Digital adjudication and scoring systems.

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Research and Data Analysis: Debaters must substantiate their arguments with credible evidence. Technology like online databases, search engines, and analytical software has revolutionized access to information. For example, using a database like JSTOR, debaters can quickly find peer-reviewed articles relevant to their topic.

Actionable Insight: Create a research database using spreadsheet software like Excel, where you track sources, key points, and bibliographic information for each relevant article you find.

Argument Development with AI: AI platforms can help debaters by ...

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