Using Socratic Smackdown in Your Classroom: A Game of Student Discussion and Debate
Join Institute of Play and Quest to Learn teacher Rebecca Grodner for a free 30-minute webinar on how to engage and motivate your students to have meaningful, evidence-based class discussions using the free game Socratic Smackdown!
Socratic Smackdown is an energetic, discussion-based, game focused on developing and practicing argumentation, text analysis and the use of textual evidence. It is aligned to standards related to discussion, and applicable to any text or content area, such as science or history.
During the webinar, you will learn how to use the game in your class, watch examples of it in action, and be introduced to tools that you can use right away with your students.
"Socratic Smackdown brilliantly marries all of the things adolescents love to do with the strategies essential to the development of their critical thinking skills, all in a fun and competitive structure" - Kate S, Teacher
How will I access the webinar?
Details will be emailed to you once you have registered for the event.
What will I need to participate in the webinar?
Fast internet access is recommended. You will need headphones or speakers. We will be using the Adobe Connect Platform: for optimal use of Adobe Connect, you may want to download the Adobe Connect Add-In here (though this is not necessary).
What is Socratic Smackdown?
A versatile discussion-based humanities game to practice argumentation around any text or topic for grades 6 through 12. It is freely available on our website
What will the webinar teach me?
The webinar aims to teach educators how to best incorporate the game into their humanities classroom, to help develop in students the 21st century skills of critical thinking, textual analysis and debate.