Monday, April 23, 2012

Consumption & Online Behavior

Learning Targets:

  • Write explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas, concepts & information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization and analysis of content (CCSS 11.W.2).
  • Use technology, including the internet, to produce, publish, and update individual or shared writing products in response to ongoing feedback, including new arguments or information (CCSS 11.W.6).
  • Make strategic use of digital media (textual, graphical, audio, visual and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence to add interest (CCSS 11.SL.5).
Learning Activities:
  • Watch the video "Consuming Kids"  

  • Complete a reflective blog post on consumption (on your new Blogger).  It should consist of three distinctive parts:
    • Identify/explain the topic of consumption
    • Discuss consumption as it relates to online behavior/activity in this day and age
    • Compare and contrast your understanding/impression of consumption before and after watching the video.
    • Additionally, think about some of the questions/points posed in the video - is advertising dishonest/deceptive - why or why not?  Do you agree with the statement that media and advertising is equivalent to pedophiles?  Why or why not?  Do students/kids your age have self-monitoring skills?  Provide examples either way.
  • Be sure to include hyperlinks, where appropriate, in your post, as well as any graphics if you see fit.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

"NetSmart" and Concept Mapping

Learning Targets:

  • Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly, as well as inferences drawn from the text. (CCSS 11.RIT.1)
  • Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development throughout the text, including how they interact and build on one another; provide objective summary of text. (CCSS - 11.RIT.2)
NetSmart: How to Thrive Online


Read the introduction to author Howard Rheingold's NetSmart:  How to Thrive Online.  Take notes as you read begin to sketch out a concept map of the main ideas and supporting evidence/explanations of what you are reading.

Once finished use one of the tools on the link below (or one of your choosing) to complete a concept map of your reading.  As you read, be mindful and consider the following:
  • What does "literate" mean to you?
  • What does it mean to be mindful?
  • The "new literacies" identified by Rheingold.
  • Your technology use and the behavior of yourself, and others, online.
  • Is Google and the internet making us "stupid"?

Here are some good resources and tools for creating online concept maps from the Office of Instructional Consulting at Indiana University.

While a bit more complex, here is an example of a concept map from Howard Rheingold on "Mindful Infotention". When you view it, pay attention to and click on the small icons beneath each bubble/box - it will show you a drop down list of additional terms.

Your concept map is due on Friday, April 13, 2012 and must include at least:

  • The main ideas from your reading
  • The five new literacies in the digital age discussed
  • Supporting evidence of each of the literacies - key terms, sample tools, etc.  
  • Creativity.  The above will get you the bare minimum.  Be creative and add and connect concepts to real examples in your world/present-day life.

To submit your assignment:

  • Look for an email via the Global Studies Google Group.
  • Respond to that thread with the link to your online concept map AND download your map, saved as a .jpeg and attach the .jpeg to the response email.