Debating Issues with Year 11 English

One of the best aspects of working with classes is the need for the teacher-librarian and Library assistant to engage with the subject’s content and engage with the Library catalogue offerings. This week Mrs. Bradbeer’s Year 11 English class was booked in to prepare for in class debates.  Three topics were set (chosen from the Debating Association of Victoria) and each provided a research challenge in terms of locating information to underpin the arguments.

Debating skill development and examples – an OLIVER search revealed some debating resources explaining tactics, rules and protocols.  These were displayed in the reading are where they were working during their English lesson, and the QR code below was added to a sign, linking them to an OLIVER search result of these titles and relevant websites.

debating resources

The EBSCO data base offers a range of peer reviewed and newspaper articles, and ClickView has online video material to support the debaters with content generation in terms of their presentation and persuasion techniques. These resources are accessible to all students through SIMON (our learning management system).

Resources

 

The three topics:

  1. That parents should not be allowed to refuse medical treatment for their child.

Resources:

http://theconversation.com/when-parents-disagree-with-doctors-on-a-childs-treatment-who-should-have-the-final-say-64813

http://www.findlaw.com.au/articles/4543/family-law-parental-consent-to-medical-treatment-o.aspx

https://aifs.gov.au/publications/citizen-child-australian-law-and-childrens-rights/8-medical-procedures-children

http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/journals/MonashULawRw/2009/14.pdf

http://www.smh.com.au/comment/the-case-of-oshin-kiszko-think-before-you-judge-20161229-gtjjh8.html

2. That we should fear the development of artificial intelligence

Resources:

https://futureoflife.org/background/benefits-risks-of-artificial-intelligence/

https://theconversation.com/artificial-intelligence-heres-what-you-need-to-know-to-understand-how-machines-learn-72004

https://theconversation.com/robot-rights-at-what-point-should-an-intelligent-machine-be-considered-a-person-72410

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xH_B5xh42xc

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20161110-the-real-risks-of-artificial-intelligence

https://techcrunch.com/2017/01/28/artificial-intelligence-and-the-law/

3. That we should abolish the ATAR system of university entrance

Resources:

·       A summary of the ATAR system from VTAC: http://www.vtac.edu.au/results-offers/atar-explained.html

·       In 2016 the Higher Education Standards Panel released a report on aspects of the ATAR system. You can read the report at https://www.education.gov.au/news/release-higher-education-standards-panel-report-improving-transparency-higher-education and a media article summarising the report at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-11-16/atar-system-criticised-by-panel-of-education-experts/8029482.

·       An article considering alternative university entrance systems: http://theconversation.com/ideas-from-abroad-reforming-the-australian-university-admissions-system-63873

·       A discussion on positive and negative aspects of the ATAR: http://theconversation.com/should-we-scrap-the-atar-what-are-the-alternative-options-experts-comment-55501

·       A newspaper article about mental health and the VCE: http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/news/geelong/vce-anxiety-our-kids-are-worried-sick-about-school/news-story/9db67472d49464357f95e2110384f611

And the search techniques recommended for EBSCO:

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It was wonderful to work with each group and observe their tactics, as well as support their content development and growing understanding of how to present a case for either the affirmative or the negative.  I look forward to hearing about their debates and the results that the adjudicator arrives at when each participant presents their case.

 

 

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Blind date with a book

This year we didn’t get organised in time for Library Lovers’ day, but coming into a long weekend in the winter is a good time to curl up somewhere warm and read a book.

We created QR codes with some information about the story line, then wrapped the books in brown paper a tied them with a ribbon. A couple of small tablets (Acer 7inch) were placed on the bench with the books and Josh was on hand to help with any queries.

All wrapped and ready to delight
All wrapped and ready to delight
Parcels had QR codes and barcodes ready to lend without unwrapping!
Parcels had QR codes and barcodes ready to lend without unwrapping!
How does this work?
How does this work?
Sacnning the code
Scanning the code
Happy clients ready for a good weekend.
Happy clients ready for a good weekend.

Many thanks to Captain Krystal for the idea, selection and wrapping and Vice-Captain Josh for the QR codes and the assistance with the set up and running of the event!