Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Digital Debate: Is social media destroying social skills?


The California Writing Project, a national partner of Digital Learning Day, utilized Google Hangouts to hold digital debates between students about issues in their schools, communities, and across California. Check out the first Digital Debate about social media in the video above.

Digital Debate Topic #1: Social Media
Cary Zierenberg's eighth grade students from Natomas Charter School's Leading Edge Academy and Sean Young's students from Pleasanton Middle School chose to debate Topic #1: Social Media— Is social media destroying our social skills? The students and teachers are considering developing their own debate topics and taking each other on again later in the semester.

During Speak Up 2014, 46% of high schools students said they use Twitter - this is four times more users than in 2011 when only 11% of students were tweeting. Do you think social media is destroying students' social skills? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

To learn more about the California Writing Project, visit their website. Click here if you are interested in learning more about their Digital Debates.

The 40-year-old California Writing Project is a network of sixteen regional sites, nine housed on University of California campuses and eight on California State University campuses. Every year, over 20,000 teachers participate in CWP campus, school, and district programs. These teachers, representing all grade levels, from kindergarten through university, often teach in disciplines other than English. The project also provides programs that serve administrators, paraprofessionals, students, and parents.The California Writing Project has a central mission: to improve student writing and learning by improving the teaching of writing. By having successful teachers of writing teach their colleagues, CWP is able to conduct significant numbers of programs each year, ranging from 1900-2300 programs.