U1 Day 8-9: PD Discussion Topic


Question: What aspects of this lesson make the learning objectives approachable to students? What is one technique you will use to help your students identify the impact of internet communication?

It discusses issues that they may have dealt with in their life or at least have some prior knowledge about. I will ask my students to reflect and discuss issues that have affected them directly. They will also have to chart and record their own actions which will strongly encourage them to understand how their actions may be unknowingly affecting their future. This will be an idea I carry on throughout the school year with my supplementary lesson in digital citizenship.


The unit will connect to students because the scenarios are real world events they or their friends are likely to have encountered.

This topic would lend itself to a jigsaw, rotating discussion format, I think, along with a larger discussion. I might also consider a gallery walk of the charts to generate comments for discussion.


I would first ask the class if they have had a negative experience with social media. I would then show them a video that would show the pros and cons of using social media. I would then have a wrap up session where students would write a short paragraph on how they would use social media differently.


Though students these days tend to not be overly reluctant to voice their opinions and release their photos to the world through social media, I believe they are at least somewhat concerned and aware that posting too much information is not a good thing. This lesson touches on that inherent sensibility. Using the examples in the resources and coming up with a few in-the-news examples would further help the kids to consider how they use and protect their information.


At some point in this lesson I will have students research to find a case as a group, where social media has affected someones life in an extremely positive or negative way, then ask groups to transfer that same situation into a school setting with make believe peers to see how they feel about the situation. Is it fair? Was anyone’s privacy violated? etc.


Many of the students have used snapchat - or are well aware of it. That article and concept will help them be more aware of how information can be misused.


I will have my students Google themselves and their parents to raise awareness of the lack of privacy onlne. I will also challenge them to think through how they can prevent personal information going public. Additionally, I hope to have time to challenge themselves to think about functioning without social media, and to try to accomplish this.


I found the lesson inside the ECS manual to be quite good and the kids were very engaged in the discussion. The one twist I dropped at the end was when I revealed that when I graduated HS, the only way to communicate with people was through a telephone call or a note or letter. I asked them to journal how their life would be different without those things on a daily basis.


The aspects of the lesson that make it approachable to students is that they access the material 24/7 communication technology…Having students analyze how our world would be different without internet communication, a way to do this is to challenge them to live a day without using the internet (no cell phones, nothing) and reflect on they way their lives changed…


There are some activities you can do to reinforce this lesson, such as having the students use an app or site they are familiar with, and then other students in class trying to find their “private” information. We also talk about how we communicate constantly, and I always challenge my students to go 24 hours with any tech. Few can pull it off.


The articles on this site were very informative to me, and I think the students will enjoy reading and commenting on them.


I think my students will be engaged in this lesson as it is relevant to my students. I like the idea of using snapchat as an extended discussion, but could even use kik or yik yak as well.


I would pair the students up and have them read or view the case study. Next I would have them text the key points and their thoughts about the case study to each other.


After reviewing the articles I think that it would be appropriate to have a team discussion about the articles to address any questions and provide clarity with regarding questions surrounding the article. Next, I also think it would be a great time to have my student work on the Microsoft online digital literacy program (which is free) …The Microsoft Computer Security & Privacy program, would fit in just perfect for this lesson. It provides great information and is somewhat interactive for the students. There is also a quiz that can provide an assessment for the new learning.


I think I would include mention of GPS tracking devices that exist on cell phones and could be enabled on laptops. Is it an invasion of privacy for police inforcement agencies to track criminals with this technology or for a boss to track an employee in the field using their smartphone?


Snapchat is the main social media site my students say they use, so I believe the extension will be important. But it does need to be done thoughtfully as we had an incident at school around a nude picture and Snapchat. The students are really interested in this idea of historical permanence and I was to explore that deeper with them.


This is good. Students need to see and hear this. It is similar to that old “Think Before You Post” video. The significance of what you put out there on social media needs to be driven home to students because more and more employers are looking at social media sites.


This is one topic that I think needs to really be addressed with students–the impact of what they put out there on social media and who can access it. Real examples need to be shown.


Sorry for the delay in responding. To answer your questions, we are a relatively large school, but we are broken into different academies. My principal is in charge of just over 700 kids. She has been such a huge believer in this program that she has responded to the kids when they e-mail or ask to speak to her. I only have 13 kids in my class, but for larger classes, you could narrow your linkedin profiles down to the top 5 and submit them for review to either the principal or the school board members. When my class sizes expand next year, I plan to have a bracket system and have students vote so that we can knock the list down to the final six profiles. I hope this helps!


Because social media is such a huge part of society and such a huge part of their lives, I think it automatically makes it approachable.