Many people don’t know how to argue respectfully or intellectually online. Differences of opinion often lead to personal attacks, cyberbullying and trolling. Even world leaders lack professionalism and tact when they share their disagreements and opinions on social media. Their posts and tweets incite conflicts with other countries and instigate mass protests. We need our learners to be better leaders who use social media and technology to strive for peaceful resolutions. This is why in Chapter 5 of my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions, students are sent on the mission to engage in a thought-provoking online debate with their peers. The teacher acts as a guide who helps them reflect on the way they craft their arguments and counterarguments.
In today’s #EdtechMissions chat we exchanged ideas on how to foster respectful and intellectual online debate. Find the archive of the chat below with various tips and insights. I invite you to join us for next Sunday’s #EdtechMissions chat (Topic: Digital Identity and Footprints). We meet from 10amET to 10:30amET (click for more time zones). If you are new to Twitter chats then check out, A Quick Start Guide to Participating in a Twitter Chat.