Grades 6-8 Lessons
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STUDENT Lesson Plan Purpose Digital Life 101/My Media
Learn about the 24/7, social nature of digital media.
Explore their digital lives.
Learn that it is important to act responsibly when carrying out relationships over digital media.
Assess how much time they spend with media activities.
Record and compare the time they spend with different forms of digital media (cell phones, Internet, etc.) and in different activities (texting, posting, and watching or creating videos).
Formulate a viewpoint on the role that digital media plays in their lives.
Which me should I be?
Reflect on the benefits and risks of presenting their identities in different ways online.
Evaluate – from an ethical point of view – the feelings, motivations, contexts, and possible outcomes associated with adopting different roles online.
Judge whether certain ways people present themselves online are harmless or harmful
Cyber-Bullying: Crossing the Line
Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying. Students learn about the difference between being a passive bystander versus a brave upstander in cyberbullying situations.
- Students will analyze online bullying behaviors that “cross the line.”
- Students will learn about the various ways that students can be cyberbullied, including deceiving, and harassing.
- Students will reflect on what it means to be brave and stand up for others offline and online.
- Students will learn to show empathy for those who have been cyberbullied.
- Students will generate multiple solutions for helping others when cyberbullying occurs.
- Students will compose their own definition of what is cyberbullying, giving an example and a solution or strategy
- Students will create a Voki avatar and record/type their response.
STUDENT Lesson Plan Purpose Identifying High Quality Websites
Students learn that anyone can publish on the Web, so not all sites are equally trustworthy.
- Students will learn criteria that will help them evaluate websites.
- Apply the criteria to a site to determine how trustworthy and useful it is.
- Apply these criteria to evaluate a website.
Understand how the ease of publishing on the Internet might affect how much they can trust the content of some sites.
Learn criteria that will help them evaluate websites.
Apply the criteria to a site to determine how trustworthy and useful it is.
Rework, Reuse, Remix
Identify the key points required for a creative work to fall under fair use.
Judge whether or not the two case studies can be called fair use.
- Understand the value of fair use by reworking and remixing copyrighted material in a collage or video.
STUDENT Lesson Plan Purpose Trillion Dollar Footprint
Students learn that they have a digital footprint and that this information can be searched, copied and passed on, but that they can take some control based on what they post online.
Recognize that they have a digital footprint and that this information can be searched, copied and passed on.
Recognize that people’s online information can be helpful or harmful to their reputation and image.
- Evaluate and choose what they post online to shape their digital footprint.
The Reality of Digital Drama
- Students draw connections between young teens’ perceptions of digital drama and stereotypes of men and women on reality TV.
Crossing the Line
Students learn to distinguish good-natured teasing from cyberbullying
Reflect on what it means to be brave and stand up for others offline and online.
Learn to show empathy for those who have been cyberbullied.
- Generate multiple solutions for helping others when cyberbullying occurs.