Public Speaking Classroom Activity: Crowdpowered vs. Expert Powered

9 Feb

1) You will be assigned a side

2) Brainstorm your topic.  Brainstorm places to research and keyterms to research.  Pick examples that you believe your side is

3) Break up the research responsibilities.

4) Prepare your arguments

5) Read an essay on each side assigned by the teacher.  (

6) Debate

7) Reflect.

8)Who is an expert?  How can we determine expertise in the context of personal life and business?  When are the “experts” wrong.

9) Vote and why.  How can crowdpowered and expert powered information best work?  Whats the best way to find out from the crowd?  Whats the best way to find out from the experts (and from the experienced)?

10) Why do we trust wikipedia?

Option: Groups of 2 to 4.

Option: Pick an appropriate debate format.  You might base it on public forum, SPAR debate, or parlimentary debate.

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