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.


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