Internet and Society
This unit focuses on the relationship between the Internet and society. By using or adapting the core lessons and activities, your students will:
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Lessons and activities for students
Activities: Communication Technologies
Introduction: These are some general ideas for activities you may want to develop where your students learn about different communications technologies and how they have influencd society. The idea is for them to get some context for thinking about the Internet. Students consider who uses these technologies and for what reason. Students also consider the relationship between these technologies and society.
Lesson: The History of the Internet
Introduction: This is a very brief history of the Internet that is best used to quickly deliver some information and maybe open up a discussion around the topic of innovation and changes in communication.
II. How is the Internet used by individuals, businesses, schools, and organizations?
Lesson: Internet Basics
Introduction: For those students who hae ever used the Internet, this stuff is all pretty basic. But if you have some students who have never used the Internet, you can take them all to the computers to use this introduction webpage, and those who know how to do these things will delight in showing the others what it's about (and maybe flaunting a little too..)
This lesson discusses basic Internet components and navigation.
Materials: An internet connection and a browser. Students should be
referred to the "Internet Basics" webpage (http://www.worldtrek.org/odyssey/teachers/basics.html)
Activity: Internet Treasure Hunt
Introduction: The Web can be useful if you want to get information. This FUN activity allows students to gather information by visiting a variety of on-line businesses, schools, and databases.
Materials: An internet connection and a browser. Students can work separately or in groups. You may either copy the questions for students from the "Internet Treasure Hunt" page and have them find sites that answer the questions, or give them the "Internet Treasure Hunt" web address http://www.worldtrek.org/odyssey/teachers/treasure.html) so they can click through to the sites listed at the bottom and figure out which can be used for what.
III. How can the Internet be used as a tool for education and social change?
Activity: Distributing and Getting Information
Introduction: This activity allows students to consider how the Internet can be used to distribute and get information for the purpose of education and social change. NOTE: You should preview this site and decide if it is appropriate for your students. The stories are of survivors of the massacres in Cambodia.
Materials: An internet connection and a browser. Students can work separately or in groups.
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