Technology can be found in every aspect of our lives. It’s no surprise that technology has also made its way into the world of debate. Our students are using technology in a number of ways to construct more compelling arguments, prepare for debates, and share ideas among teammates. Thanks to technology, debate research takes a fraction of the time it used to. Debates can also be more interactive and visually stimulating as well. As long as the tech being used enhances the process and makes for a better debate, I say keep the technology coming. Here are a few innovative ways students are using technology from debate preparation to delivery.
Students are using dropbox as a place to house scholarly articles, research materials, and notes. It doesn’t stop there, though. The cloud folder can be shared with a whole team. This provides collaboration in real time even when students are not available to meet in person. All resources are in one place and everyone has access. It is an extremely helpful tool during preparation and research – especially for students who have a tendency of losing hard copies.
When it comes to topic research, there is no better way to go than search engines. It severely cuts down research time for starters. There’s no more sifting through card catalogs and hours skimming books to only come up empty handed. Through the help of search engines, students are able to get very specific and easily obtain scholarly articles, research data, and supporting literature. All of these items increase the effectiveness of an argument and the resources are easier to find than ever before.
Mobile devices are a game changer. Students can use tablets on the debate stage to pull up supporting research, display visual aids, and take legible notes – all from one centralized device. With the help of mobile devices, students are more organized and find it much easier to organize their thoughts.
As the debate world becomes more accustomed to technology, we will start seeing more frequent use of visual aids. Much like in a courtroom, visual aids can paint a picture and enhance arguments in an instant. Plus, students with a particular knack for the visual side of things really shine here. A well crafted visual aid can greatly influence how well an argument is perceived. It will be interesting to see what debate will look like as we delve into the visual world.