Social Media Teacher Resources
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How Social Media Can Make History
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!
Building Community Online
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.
Is Social Media aTrustworthy News Outlet?
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.
New! Digital Life 102
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.
Your Digital Footprint: Leaving a Mark
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 instructional activity.
What Does the Public Know About You? --Does it Matter?
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 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
Debt: Who Does it Affect?
Debt is a topic that affects everybody: the community, the nation, and the entire globe. Kids take charge of debt by designing a project that informs those in their community about good financial choices, keeps personal debt low, and advocates ways to get out of debt. Web links, cross-curricular extensions, and targeted vocabulary make this a great lesson!
Visualizing the World's Twitter Data
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.
Connected Educators Month
Education and thought leaders join forces to provide invigorating professional opportunities online.
Speeding Up Grading with Online Resources
Use websites and apps to increase peer editing, digitize your papers, and automate the objective editing.
Digital Life 101
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.
Privacy and Online Life: Protect Yourself
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.
The Whole World is Watching: Iran, 2009
Young scholars study the impact of social media. In this Iranian election lesson, students examine the outcome of the 2009 election and the public protests that followed it. Young scholars determine how citizen journalism informed people around the world about the event and protests when mainstream media outlets were barred by Iran.
Students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about Facebook Depression. In this Facebook Depression lesson plan, students complete 10 activities total.
In this famous people worksheet, students read a selection about the life of Mark Zuckerberg, then complete a variety of comprehension activities including synonym matches, fill-in-the-blank sentence completions, unscrambling words and spelling and writing activities. An answer key is included.
Students examine the global impact of the Egyptian uprisings. In this current events lesson, students watch video clips and read articles about the role of social and traditional media in the uprising. Students also discuss the role of the United States in the uprising and the implications for the rest of the world. Students then create their own political cartoons based on the uprising.
Marketing to Teens: Talking Back
Teach your class to talk back in a constructive and respectful way. This focuses in particular on talking back to the media and to advertisers when they have concerns. Learners participate in a brainstorm and then compose letters or create email campaigns, which can be directed at real companies and include their own valid concerns. All of the necessary materials are included, as is a long list of ways to take action.
I love this topic and don't think it is discussed nearly enough. Learners consider how boys and girls are stereotyped around the world and how marketing uses and promotes these stereotypes by how they package or present children's toys. Legos are used as the primary model of this phenomenon and help facilitate good discussion, as well as activities that will get kids thinking about the differences between gender and sex. They analyze several print and TV ads, looking for the messages and gender stereotypes.
Here is a very interesting topic that will really get the class thinking about gender, beauty, advertising, and digital photography. The class explores the ways digital images can be altered to change a person's appearance and how the people they see look far different than they do in real life. The meat of this instructional activity is when learners discuss and analyze a series of photo ads in order to understand what the images are saying and how they may make a person feel. The worksheets provide images of notable people on magazine covers next to images of them in real life. This is an excellent instructional activity.
Stand Up. . . Be InCtrl!
What is the difference between a bystander and an upstander? A collaborative project created through digital media will help the class understand that they can participate in an online community respectfully and responsibly. They consider the impact of cyberbullying and how their language or actions can impact others. Then, in small groups, they create surveys to distribute, collect, and evaluate. They use the data they collected to create a campaign to stop cyberbullies. Note: The lesson is great, but it needs to extend to applications in the real world, bullying happens everywhere, not just in cyberspace.