U1 Day 8-9: PD Discussion Topic


This lesson is so relevant for our students, I will use Sarah’s video as well as group discussion about how people’s life have been affected for what they posted online.


Aligns again with DigCit standards, which can easily flow from teaching effective search techniques, PLN, etc. In today’s open/public world, what has been the impact of our open Internet world on the student’s themselves? With my urban students, how has the media and the ability of everyone to comment on a newstory affected them? Do they perhaps think that is an invasion of privacy? How familiar are they with privacy settings on their various accounts, whether it’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Kix, SnapChat, etc.?


For this lesson I will use a K-W-L Chart: Online Privacy and Ethics.
In the first column of the chart, write what you already know about each of the three topics. In the second column, write down anything you would like to know. As I introduce the Student Resource write the important points that you learn about each topic.


My approach is to have a previous student talk to the class about an incident that almost cost him his college athletic scholarship because of some things that were put on his phone. He deleted them but they were found by the schools and police.


I like the idea of doing a jigsaw with all of the articles and then moving into other groups - as though you are the expert and have to teach the other small groups. The Communication Methods Chart will also offer some invaluable discussions I’m sure.


I like your idea of comparing the use of communication by different age groups. An activity that helps different generations understand each other better is valuable.


I like suggested discussions for grades 9-12 at this site, http://www.safesurfingkids.com/lesson_plans_grades_3_12.htm.

In this video, http://www.today.com/health/teachers-viral-letter-shows-students-dangers-social-media-1D80395915 a sixth grade teacher shows how quickly something posted on social media can spread and that even if the post is deleted, it still exists on the Web.


The learning objectives in this lesson are easily accomplished due to students’ daily use of most of the forms of communication present in today’s world.

I will use examples where college applicants were rejected due to their postings online.


I believe the SnapChat article will draw my students into this lesson because it is an app that they use. It will therefore make the lesson more personal to them. It may also allow them to see how their privacy can be impacted by using various forms of social media.


Students will truly buy in to this lesson because it greatly affects them. They are always on their devices communicating, many without understanding the idea of consequences. The Snapchat case study would definitely hit home for them since many of them use it.


With social media taking a control over most of our students lives, I would teach them the importance of posting messages or sending images over the Internet. I would iterate that once these messages are out there, they can not retrieve them, unsent them or try to get them back especially if they are hurtful or meant for one person but end up being forwarded to many people.
I would remind them that if they ever received a message or images that were hurtful to themselves or someone else, to immediately report it to an adult rather than forwarding the message to more people. This way, the effects of the messages can be controlled in some way.


Social media is one aspect of life that most of my students are addicted to. I think it would be interesting to have them Google their names to see what comes up. Also, I could search their name on Facebook and show them just how much a non-friend can actually see from their pages. I would also have them read or watch reports that share how the internet can impact their futures.


I may ask students to describe situations where they or “a friend” got in trouble for something sent around by digital media. Perhaps a picture or a text that was supposed to be private, but got sent to the wrong person or inappropriately forwarded.

This lesson would also be a place to touch on “cyber-bullying” or stalking.


It is a great lesson. The students are very much into social media and the overall use of their cell phones I think the learning objectives are very approachable to the students. The students also need to understand that once information is out on the Web it is out there for all to see. Your friends have friends who have friends etc. Do you really know who is looking and/or reading your information??
I would have the students in groups, research, discuss and share out via posters on the positives and negatives of using computers for communication purposes.


I think that students should have any type of experience with social media at this point. To make this lesson interesting, I would like to discuss risks from communications.


All aspects of this lesson make the learning objectives approachable to students. Students are on their phones constantly whether they are texting, snap chatting, tweeting, or checking their Facebook. Many students have had some experience with the negative impacts of internet communications. I will utilize videos and ask students to share any personal experiences. I will also “stalk” some of my students Facebook accounts prior to the lesson to try to find some examples to share in class.


All aspects of this lesson are very approachable for students as they are comfortable/familiar with multiple forms of social media. The articles are very relevant and interesting and I think they will promote discussion on the issues. A discussion of what it was like before the current wave of technology might also be interesting. “What did a telephone look like 20 years ago?”


I am considering having them visit a facebook page and profiling the type of worker that person would be from their posts and profile. This relates to a prospective employer looking a a facebook page.


I also like the LinkedIn idea. Maybe students’ profiles could be viewed by different people depending upon the profession the student wants to enter. For instance, a student in my class who wants to enter the health/medical field could have his/her profile reviewed by our Bio-Tech Coordinator and her team. A student who aspires to be a professional athlete could have his/her profile viewed by the athletic coaches and PE teachers who might possibly have some friends in a league who would view the profile and give feedback. I think we can use our creativity to make this idea work for our students and increase their communication and marketable skills.


I think that this lesson is very relevant because students spend a lot of time online and are not necessarily aware of the consequences. I like the linked in idea. It makes students really think about what they do before they act.