The object of this project was to design an online collaborative argumentation tool for students to engage in interdisciplinary literacy, science, and technology lessons. This project aimed at developing students’ argumentation skills from evidence to make claims as advocated by the Next Generation Science Standards (National Research council, 2011) and Common Core standards and have long term impact on the development of students’ scientific literacy.
In the spring of 2014 a student team began the design stage of an online tool to support collaborative argumentation in science for middle school students of different cultures.
The current product has been developed as an interactive pod for Adobe Connect to take advantage of Connect's login, attendee management, and chat features, and utilizing the shared pod space for the argumentation to take place. Stay tuned for research publications of this exciting new product.