The Ups and Downs of Digital Life (6-8)

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The Ups and Downs of Digital Life (6-8)

What are the possibilities and potential pitfalls of using digital media in our social, connected culture?

Students reflect on the possibilities and pitfalls of digital media for themselves, for their relationships with people close to them, and for society at large.

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Lesson Objectives

The class will kick off with the video, "Our Digital Lives,” which provides an overview of the curriculum topics and introduces some of the possibilities and pitfalls of digital life through kids’ stories and quotes. Using The Upsides and Downsides of Digital Life Student Discussion Guide, students will then discuss these upsides and downsides – for themselves, their friends and family, and communities.

Students will be able to ...

  • articulate some of the positive and negative possibilities of digital life.
  • determine different ways that media impact them, their friends and families, and society.
  • reflect on their use of digital media, especially those areas of digital life that can be most ethically charged.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core: coming soon!

NETS•S: 1a-b, 2a, 3a-c, 4a-d, 5a-c


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