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Sexual harassment and sexual violence are by no means new issues. What has changed is the role of social media in these issues. This powerful and troubling lesson uses a specific rape case to launch research into a discussion of the wider implications and consequences of recording, posting, and sharing sexual situations. Preview all the materials and consider the culture of your classroom and community before using this carefully scaffolded investigation in your classroom.
Examine the role of social media in social and political uprisings. Pupils listen to NPR audio clips about social media and the Arab Spring and read an article that proposes the idea that revolution will not happen through social media. Class members evaluate these materials individually and in small groups and make their own opinions concerning the role and trustworthiness of social media. Further resources are included.
From Nineteen Eighty-Four, Brave New World, and Fahrenheit 451 to Facebook, Twitter, and TXT. Here’s a must-see video for anyone interested in the transformation of the media landscape and message distribution. The narrator traces four media revolutions: print media, conversational media, visual media, and the Internet, which he labels as “the largest increase in expressive capability in human history.” The big idea here is that, for the first time, individuals and groups can engage in conversations that are “global, social, ubiquitous, and cheap.” Big Brother beware!
Why do people spend so much time on social networking websites? Class members can discover the answer to this question and learn about community through a series of activities. After exploring social media sites, pupils discuss how to build community. Then, small groups draft their own social media sites guided by the provided graphic organizer. Wrap up with a reflection.
Play the video "Digital Life 101" to launch a discusion of the responsible use of social media and online relationships. Related activities ask learners to craft a personal simile describing their media life, and handouts provide a media use quide and vocablary list.
New! A New Kind of News
Newspapers and broadcast news. Social media, blogs, and blogospheres. Class members generate a list of news sources they use to get information about events. The big idea here is to introduce the necessary vocabulary and to establish a context for an examination of how news is distributed.
Help your class protect privacy, security, and their online profiles with this examination of social media, especially Facebook, and who can see what about each of us. Resource contains useful links for learners to conduct their own research. To make the most of it, assign (or solicit) inquiry topics and have class members teach each other about how to best protect themselves online.
Young people today have to be very careful with how they present themselves online. Show them the possible impact of their online activity and what employers might see when performing a basic search. The lesson plan provides a video clip about the consequences of social media as well as several articles on the topic. View and discuss the video and then ask class members to take on the role of an employer as they look you up online
Social media and online networking dominates communication in today's society, and it would be a disservice to our classes not to take some time to explore this very relevant cultural phenomenon. This resource brings to light the type of communication that our adolescents are involved with on a daily basis, and gives them the opportunity to analyze the purpose and advantages/disadvantages of such programs as Facebook, Twitter, Dropbox, etc.
Catch your pupils' attention by starting class with a quiz about digital media! After going over their answers with a partner, individuals compose similes about the role of digital media in their lives and share these with the class. Teacher discussion questions and sample responses are provided for the video that pupils watch after they complete the sharing process. Wrap up with a brief reflection.
A digital footprint is the trail of personal information that comes from purchasing online, tagging friends in photos, blogging, and using social media. Kids discuss what information can be tracked, privacy, and what your digital footprint can be used for or how it can impact your future. They watch a video, engage in a class discussion, learn about cookies, and fill out a worksheet. This is an important topic that is thoroughly addressed throughout the lesson.
New! Ping Pong Balls
Applicable to seventh grade mathematical maturity, this task requires small groups to work collaboratively to figure out how many ping-pong balls will fit into a 747. In the end, you will teach them to use sample size to solve the challenge.
How do you get the truth unfiltered by middlemen? Tune into various sources and note the differences is the suggestion in a short video that begins by providing examples of how media gatekeepers have manipulated information and how those searching for information must filter through available news sources. The presentation ends with a caution to "curate our own experience" so that writers have assured the accuracy of information posted.
Imagine you could increase reading comprehension and social media skills at the same time. Learners can read and then respond to the tale "The Sons of Sultan Bey." Their comments are guided by comprehension-style questions and can be seen by other children in the same age group. Great activity to complete during computer lab.
Throughout history, many people have run for president. But, what is that like for the children of those individuals? Kids read a bit about Mitt Romney and his five children, then respond to a writing prompt in a blog post. They describe what it would be like if their parent chose to run for office.
Responding to blog posts can increase written communication skills, critical thinking skills, and the use of social media as a means for discussion. Kids will compose a blog post in response to the provided article related to famous landmarks, particularly the Hollywood sign.
Teaching children to evaluate information is critical to differentiate between fact and opinion.
Watch as Jer Thorp, former analyst for the New York Times, presents models of human behavior based on Twitter activity. Use the video to show your class the impact and scale of social media during a technology unit. The presenter is enthusiastic and proposes a plan for using data in the future. Check out the included questions and additional information accessible through the toolbar on the right.
Students explore the concept of cyberbullying. In this social media lesson, students examine social norms as they take a survey pertaining to online behavior, analyze a political cartoon, and watch a video segment regarding the cyberbullying. Students discuss strategies for Internet safety.
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