Group 5

Group Participants
  • - Angela Quek
  • - Sabariah

Original Lesson Title
- Fulfilling the Criteria of the AQ

Original Lesson Description / Plan
AQ: Based on your understanding of both passages, should your society work towards one of these utopias or "make do with the world we have got"? Justify your choice using material from both passages as well as your own ideas and experience.

Point 1: X Tech - make man lazy

One reason why technotopia is an unacceptable choice is that if everything is done by machines, Singaporeans will become lazy. They will get used to anything and everything operating with just a push of a button or a vocal command. They will be too lazy to get up to do anything. Instead, they will just give orders via their fingertips, or their voice to computers or robots.

(How should we end?)

a) Hence, we shouldn't choose the path of technotopia.
b) This would be a dangerous development as humans are the only resource in SIngapore. If technotopia encourages a lazy attitude, how
can my society continue to develop or keep up with global competition? (Q: should we end here?)
c) Write b, then finish with a?

Now, each GP group should divide the following choices among their group members, so that all choices are covered. Write a well-developed paragraph on the point you have picked:

A) Not Technotopia because:
1) health will be affected
2) mental acuity/ability/intelligence affected
3) cause greater social divide

B) Yes Technotopia because:
4) Need technology to supplement manpower
5) Technology can help solve problems
6) Need technology to keep up with globalisation

C) Not Green Utopia because:
7) Scarcity of land(can green be king?)
8) Scarcity of resources(only man)
9) Dependence on technology

D) Make do because:
10) Whose idea of utopia?
11) Nature of man - imperfect
12) Utopia - something to strive for, not achieve







Please Show:

  • Systematic, step by step development
  • Appropriate links/connectors
  • Substantiate/prove: by arguments, examples etc
  • Link to key factors in Question(remember, everything in Singapore context!)




notes from Chris ...

  • is there a standard template in Singapore for displaying lesson plans? ... or is it totally up to individual schools or individual teachers?
  • are lesson plans mapped against particular standards in Singapore
  • are cross curriculum areas included in lesson plans ... e.g. ICT, ESL, multicultural, citizenship, special needs etc
  • are lesson plans mapped to the Sg General paper?
  • how is Assessment, Recording and Reporting integrated into Lesson Planning in Sg?
  • is this lesson plan for a specific time period?



Research
What research was done when designing the new lesson plan?
Put live links to them if on the internet

New Tools and Resources
Did you learn of any new tools, websites, applications .... or classroom management strategies ... put links to them if on the web .... also give an assessment ... useful or not ... useful in another situation.

http://www.createdebate.com - extremely useful as a sample on how to put forward for and against arguments in an online setting, with immediate voting feature that shows which side of the argument wins.


New lesson incorporating ICT

Lesson 1: Developing an argument
Show students the following URL: http://www.createdebate.com/debate/show/Was_the_use_of_nuclear_weapons_on_Hiroshima_and_Nagasaki_in_1945_justifiable_or_not
1) Get differents students to read aloud different parts of the argument
  • Ask them to assess which arguments are better - and why.
  • What are the techniques one should employ to craft a good argument? (teacher/student secretary to write down key points on the board/PC)
2) Give a new essay title for students to work on: Is War a necessary Evil?
a) As a class, plan the outline on the board.
b) Divide students into 6 groups and assign 3 groups on each side of the argument. (For & Against)
c) Ask them to craft arguments for their side online at the Site created for them at Create Debate.com (Is War a necessary Evil?)
d) They may also read the opposition's arguments and counter any point them wish
e) Their aim is to improve their score rating so that they win the debate!
NOTE: Part 2 can be used as a holiday assignment (eg time limit of 1 week, with sufficient time for students to do research and add more concrete points/links to videos for their arguments)


Assessment
HW: After the debate, students should sieve through which points they deem useful to write a full length essay using Google Docs.
Members of their group may help them by giving pointers to improve their essays. Besides getting individual scores, students will get an average group score. The group with the highest average group score will get a prize! (hopefully, this will inspire more editing and commentary among group members to increase their average group score)

Lesson 2: Fulfilling the Criteria of the AQ
Create a Popularity Contest at Create Debate.com for this question:
AQ: Based on your understanding of both passages, should your society work towards one of these utopias or "make do with the world we have got"? Justify your choice using material from both passages as well as your own ideas and experience.

In Class, go through the following pointers:

Point 1: X Tech - make man lazy

One reason why technotopia is an unacceptable choice is that if everything is done by machines, Singaporeans will become lazy. They will get used to anything and everything operating with just a push of a button or a vocal command. They will be too lazy to get up to do anything. Instead, they will just give orders via their fingertips, or their voice to computers or robots.

(How should we end?)

a) Hence, we shouldn't choose the path of technotopia.
b) This would be a dangerous development as humans are the only resource in SIngapore. If technotopia encourages a lazy attitude, how
can my society continue to develop or keep up with global competition? (Q: should we end here?)
c) Write b, then finish with a?

Go to http://blog.createdebate.com and read about the rules for voting. You may also want to check out the link on "How to Write Strong Arguments."
Now, each GP group should divide the following choices among their group members, so that all choices are covered. Write a well-developed paragraph on the point you have picked at the site created on Create Debate.com:

A) Not Technotopia because:
1) health will be affected
2) mental acuity/ability/intelligence affected
3) cause greater social divide

B) Yes Technotopia because:
4) Need technology to supplement manpower
5) Technology can help solve problems
6) Need technology to keep up with globalisation

C) Not Green Utopia because:
7) Scarcity of land(can green be king?)
8) Scarcity of resources(only man)
9) Dependence on technology

D) Make do because:
10) Whose idea of utopia?
11) Nature of man - imperfect
12) Utopia - something to strive for, not achieve

After all students have written their paragraphs(20 min), they can read the other students' paragraphs and vote for the well-written ones(15 min). Each student may only vote for their top 3 favourites and downvote one argument they do not support. They need to justify why they find the argument strong/weak by clicking on the Favor/Oppose tabs.




Please Show:

  • Systematic, step by step development
  • Appropriate links/connectors
  • Substantiate/prove: by arguments, examples etc
Link to key factors in Question(remember, everything in Singapore context!)

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Note from Chris (after the workshop)
This list of debating resources might be helpful
http://www.shambles.net/pages/students/debating/

I've added your "Create Debate" link ... thanks for finding and reviewing it ;-)