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The free tool used by educators world-wide to teach critical thinking and facilitate thoughtful classroom debate.

Kialo Edu

location_on New York, United States; Berlin, Germany
Kialo Edu is a free, custom version of Kialo (kialo.com), the world's largest argument mapping and debate site, specifically designed for classroom use. Kialo's mission is to make the world a more thoughtful place, and with clear visualization of arguments and powerful, easy-to-use navigation tools, Kialo is the perfect resource to help students master critical thinking and reasoning skills.
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Anyone can submit their innovation to HundrED Open. All information on this page is provided by the innovator and has not been checked by HundrED. Innovation page has been created by Ben Forney on January 27th, 2020
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TEACHERS
Target Group
100 000
Children/Users
20
Countries
2019
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The critical thinking and classroom debate platform: Kialo Edu

Kialo (kialo.com) is the world's largest argument mapping and debate site. Kialo Edu (kialo-edu.com) is a custom version of our public site specifically tailored for the needs of educators. Kialo Edu is a controlled, private platform that is free and easy to use.

Kialo Edu allows educators to curate spaces for students to work through complex subjects together, while giving students the space to ask questions, discuss, and evaluate new ideas. With clear visualization of arguments and powerful, easy to use navigation tools, Kialo Edu helps students master critical thinking and reasoning skills.

Kialo Edu can be integrated in learning management systems, has no advertisements, collects no personal data from users, and has been built following WCAG AA accessibility guidelines.

To find out more about how Kialo works, check out this short video.

For tips on how Kialo Edu can be used in the classroom, sample lesson plans, and much more, visit the Kialo Edu Help Center.

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Sample Assignment: Knowledge Sharing
This is a sample assignment that can be used to share complex material with students in an organized way that emphasizes the logical connection between different pieces of information. In it, students read through a debate prepared in advance by their instructor. This assignment can supplement primary sources (in a more advanced class) and replace secondary sources (in an introductory class). It is designed to be completed by students individually, prior to class discussion. To see the complete list of instructions and grading tips for this assignment, please visit our Help Center by following this link.
Sample Assignment: Essay Outlining
This assignment is designed to replace a traditional essay exam, paper, or other writing-intensive activity. In it, students work on their own to construct an argument with organized and concise sections. This assignment is designed for individual students and could be finished in 1-2 weeks. It is best suited for students ages 14 and above, though younger students may be comfortable completing similar assignments with lower expectations around use of sources and scope and detail of material covered.To see the complete list of instructions and grading tips for this assignment, please visit our Help Center by following this link.
Sample Assignment: Hosting Classroom Debates
This assignment uses Kialo’s clear Pro and Con structure to facilitate structured debate online. This can facilitate higher-quality student engagement in online classes and free up class time in traditional face-to-face classrooms by allowing students to engage in meaningful discussions outside class. Additional adaptations of this assignment use Kialo’s built-in tools for collaboration, revision and voting to encourage the sort of high quality debate and self-reflection crucial to developing critical reasoning skills.This assignment is designed to take two days for students to complete, and involves about one hour of work for each participating student. It is adapted from an assignment pitched at college students, but it can easily be adapted to different age groups - for example, middle school students might participate in discussions during a scheduled library period, rather than as a homework task.To see the complete list of instructions and grading tips for this assignment, please visit our Help Center by following this link.

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January 2020
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