EXPLAIN that when we communicate using the Internet, cell phones, or mobile devices, it is sometimes hard to know what is appropriate to say or write, given our different audiences.
ASK: Imagine that you had a question about a homework assignment. Would you reach out to a teacher differently online than you would reach out to a friend? If so, how?
Students’ answers will vary. Students would probably use a different form (email, IM) and a different norm (standard and expectation for communication) if they were emailing a teacher rather than if they were texting a friend about an assignment.
DEFINE the Key Vocabulary term form. Explain that common forms of digital communication are IM, chat, email, and text.
DEFINE the Key Vocabulary term norm.
DISCUSS how there are norms among people that shape how they communicate online -- vocabulary, slang, sentence structure, spelling, grammar, punctuation, tone, etc.
DIVIDE students into pairs for a short role-play exercise in which they explore norms of communication.
HAVE one member of each pair role-play an offline scenario in which how someone their age greets one of the following people, after not seeing him or her for a long time. Students can take turns playing different characters. When students are finished, ask for a few pairs to demonstrate.
- Best friend
EXPLAIN that, offline or online, people communicate in different ways depending on:
- The form used
- The audience (to whom we are speaking)
- The norms that are expected
- The purpose of the communication