Unit 1. Your Virtual WorldRevision Date: Aug 21, 2018 (Version 2.1.1)
For better comprehension of the lesson, students should have ideally had experiences or have read about issues that have demonstrated how computing can be misused. This does not require assigned reading or review (just encourage them to watch the news and notice what is happening in the world), but you could have them bring in a current event article and summary of the event for homework as additional preparation.
Students will read about and discuss the issues that arise from the misuse of technology. Over the two sessions, students will assess their current uses of computers for communication. In the second session, they will narrow their focus to address as a class social media, online retail and banking, cloud data storage, and government surveillance.
Student computer usage for this lesson is: required
These materials may be useful if you want to spend some time with the entire group discussing a few key topics.
The purpose of this session is to make students think about the different ways in which they as individuals use computers and the Internet to communicate.
For this activity, teachers will use partners. If an odd number of students then a group of three may be used.
As a class suggest revision to the 10 Commandments of Computer Ethics.
(Each student in the group should make their own copy of the worksheet, so they can bring them back to their original jigsaw groups.)
After completing the worksheet, students should complete the Venn diagram (ExploringInnovationVenn.docx) to summarize key impacts of an innovation.
The topics (and examples of positive (+) and negative (-) impacts) include:
For each of the above topics, there is a resource sheet in the lesson folder that can be provided to student groups. (Optionally, you may want to create additional resource sheets, or let students select other topics and find their own resources.)
Each group should discuss its progress this far in researching their topic. Students will have 10 minutes tomorrow to prepare to make a presentation to the resto of the class.
Students should take a few minutes to journal about the following prompt:
Topic Groups: Have students briefly assemble into topic groups to compare notes.
Each student should select a topic that they would like to explore further and write the topic in their journal. It might be a narrow subtopic from the broader topics that were explored within this lesson. They might also want to write down a few interesting innovations connected to a topic. They will refer back to this during the practice performance lesson later in the unit.