“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”. – Albert Einstein
Research has proven that debate provides experiences that changes lives. It helps debaters to acquire unique educational benefits as they learn and polish skills far beyond what can be learnt in any other setting. Debate is a power that teaches skills of researching, organizing, and presenting information in a compelling fashion.
Today’s students are digital natives. To develop the students’ confidence, poise, and self-esteem, the Ignited Minds Club members of Class I debated on the topic, “Virtual Classroom Vs. Real Classroom”. But is Virtual Classroom a good idea? Or Real Classroom? …Do real classrooms have any replacement? Do Virtual Classrooms fulfil the needs of today’s students in this pandemic situation? A close look at the arguments about Virtual Classroom vs. Online classrooms was observed in an online club class today.
The topic was introduced with a small surprise, by showing the students their own school building, much to the delight of the members. It was followed by excellent debating. Few spoke in the favour of Real Classroom and few spoke in favour of Virtual Classroom.
The debate was engaging, active and was highly effective as the students of both the groups expressed their views and thoughts very confidently stating that “There is No replacement for the Real Classroom.” The teachers too joined the students in debating on the topic to encourage all the participating members.
It was helpful in improving learners’ ability to form balanced, informed arguments and to use reasoning and developing effective speech composition and delivery. It was an encouraging teamwork.