Lesson 8: Project - Internet Dilemmas Part 2

Overview

Students finish working on a two-day project exploring a dilemma at the intersection of the Internet and society.

Purpose

In this project, students explore a relevant Internet dilemma: Net Neutrality, Internet Censorship, or the Digital Divide. Students apply their knowledge of how the Internet works to address the core question related to their chosen dilemma. These project lessons address the "so what" question - why is it important to learn about how the Internet works?

Agenda

Lesson Modifications

Warm Up (5 mins)

Activity (35 mins)

Wrap Up (1 min)

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Objectives

Students will be able to:

  • Identify how an internet dilemma has the potential to benefit and harm different stakeholders
  • Identify the ways the technical structure and design of the Internet contributes to a social dilemma

Links

Heads Up! Please make a copy of any documents you plan to share with students.

For the Teachers

For the Students

Teaching Guide

Lesson Modifications

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Warm Up (5 mins)

Teaching Tip

Get to the Activity: The warm-up is short today. Continue on to the activity as soon as possible to give students the maximum amount of time to complete their one-pagers.

Remarks

Yesterday you began researching for your Internet Dilemma Policy One Pager. Today you will write the One Pager and then share what you've learned.

Activity (35 mins)

Teaching Tip

Role of the Assessment: In this lesson, students finish a two day project where they demonstrate their understanding of key issues surrounding the Internet. This project is designed to be used in tandem with the Unit 2 Assessment to evaluate student progress in Unit 2 content.

Policy One Pager

Do This (30 mins): Students complete each section of the Internet Dilemma Policy One Pager found in Internet Dilemmas - Project Guide.

Share Out

Remarks

Nice work! We are going to take the rest of class to share out what we've learned about these Digital Dilemmas. I'd like to ask for a couple of volunteers for each Dilemma to quickly share what they've learned about their topic and their recommendations.

Teaching Tip

Keep an eye on the time for the share out. Students only have a minute or two to share their thoughts. The most important thing is that each dilemma should get equal coverage.

Share Out: Net Neutrality

Share Out: Internet Censorship

Share Out: The Digital Divide

Wrap Up (1 min)

Remarks

These dilemmas are tough - that's what makes a good dilemma. But hopefully you can now understand why it is so important to understand how the Internet works. You are now prepared to thoughtfully engage in these types of conversations that you may hear politicians talking about or read about in the news.


Assessment: Submit

Students turn in the Project Guide for assessment.

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Student Instructions

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Student Instructions

In 50 words or less, describe the concept of a number system.

Why are rules required for a number system to be useful?

Standards Alignment

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CSTA K-12 Computer Science Standards (2017)

IC - Impacts of Computing
  • 3A-IC-24 - Evaluate the ways computing impacts personal, ethical, social, economic, and cultural practices.
  • 3A-IC-28 - Explain the beneficial and harmful effects that intellectual property laws can have on innovation.
  • 3A-IC-30 - Evaluate the social and economic implications of privacy in the context of safety, law, or ethics.
  • 3B-IC-26 - Evaluate the impact of equity, access, and influence on the distribution of computing resources in a global society.
  • 3B-IC-28 - Debate laws and regulations that impact the development and use of software.

CSP2021

IOC-1 - While computing innovations are typically designed to achieve a specific purpose, they may have unintended consequences
IOC-1.C - Describe issues that contribute to the digital divide.
  • IOC-1.C.4 - The digital divide raises issues of equity, access, and influence, both globally and locally.
  • IOC-1.C.5 - The digital divide is affected by the actions of individuals, organizations, and governments.
IOC-1.F - Explain how the use of computing could raise legal and ethical concerns.
  • IOC-1.F.10 - The digital divide raises ethical concerns around computing.