The Role of Technology in Education

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Should technology be restricted or embraced in educational settings? Sixth graders work to answer this question by exploring the issue through mixed mediums and then crafting a written argument. Full of evidence-based strategies and sample activities, the unit also considers students with disabilities and English language learners.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Teachers can use essential questions and skills to write learning targets
  • Talk to learners about bias: what it is, how to discover if a source is biased, etc. 
  • Have pupils participate in a Socratic seminar and discuss their thoughts as a pre-writing activity 
Classroom Considerations

  • Evaluate your classes' familiarity with technology to assess whether you need to build background knowledge 
Pros

  • Content is a relevant topic of debate
  • The unit includes various reading strategies and suggestions for vocabulary instruction
  • Materials lend themselves to synthesis and are mixed mediums such as newspaper articles, scholarly journal articles, and news clips
Cons

  • None