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Lesson Plans (12) A detailed description of the instruction for teaching one or more concepts or skills. Podcasts (5) A program (audio or video) made available in digital format for playback or download over the Internet. Informational Materials (5) Textual information containing useful facts or information.
Interactives/Games (2) A learning object that requires a user's involvement. Learning Assets (5)


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Subject: Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Social Media Responsibility
Description: Students will watch a local news report on Social Media Responsibility. They will work in groups and conduct research about the topic. They will come up with tips for teens, then create a presentation using the Haiku Deck web app that can be shared with other teens and the community.


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Subject: Technology Education (3 - 8)
Title: "My Three Words" vodcast compilation or series
Description: Students create vodcasts that use the format of the Good Morning America feature "My Three Words".  This works well as a culminating activity for a unit or a technology-based project.  In groups, students  select a three word phrase to communicate a specific topic/idea, then create a storyboard and choose appropriate multimedia elements to best express their chosen phrase.  They use a variety of software applications to find or create images and produce a video file.  


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Subject: Character Education (K - 12), or Counseling and Guidance (K - 12), or Information Literacy (K - 12), or Technology Education (6 - 12)
Title: Cell Phones: Immoral, Illegal, or Just Plain Rude?
Description: Cell phones, love them or hate them, most everyone (especially students) think they can't live without one. Lines for usage are blurred for students who have no memory of never having a portable phone to use. This lesson is designed for upper middle and high students to examine ethical, moral and health issues involving cell phone use.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: What Are the Chances?
Description: Students will use technology to investigate probability from basic terms to the theoretical probability of events.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: English Language Arts (6), or Science (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Washed Away
Description: In this lesson, students will learn about water erosion. They will view pictures and videos, complete drawings, and work in collaborative groups as they research types of water erosion (rill, gully, sheet, and channel). Students will also connect water erosion to deposition.This lesson plan was created as a result of the Girls Engaged in Math and Science, GEMS Project funded by the Malone Family Foundation.


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Subject: Technology Education (K - 12)
Title: Ramp for Handicap Accessibility - Part 2
Description: Working in groups of 4-5 students will use the information, pictures, diagrams, and narratives created in Part 1 to develop a brochure. The brochure will consist of guidelines for handicap accessible ramps, sample calculations and contact information. It must be suitable for distribution at city hall.


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Subject: Mathematics (7), or Social Studies (7), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: New York with $1200
Description: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are Demopolis Middle School’s first –place winner of the annual MATHATHON!!!!!!!!!! You and three of your classmates have been awarded an exciting trip to NEW YORK CITY! You will each be given $1200 to cover all your expenses during your three day stay. You must use only your $1200 prize to cover all expenses (transportation costs, hotel accommodations, food, gratuities (tips), souvenirs, and entertainment). Please budget your money carefully – decide which purchases are most important and budget these first. Don’t forget to have fun!!


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Subject: Social Studies (6), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
Description: This lesson introduces students to Rosa Parks and the beginning of the Montgomery Bus Boycott. After considering the impact of Ms. Parks' heroism, students will explore its relevance to the beginning of the Civil Rights Movement. Students will learn new vocabulary and will answer a questionnaire that will be published on the web. Students will then create a tribute to Rosa Parks' heroism that will be submitted to a classroom book.


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Subject: English Language Arts (7 - 8), or Technology Education (6 - 8)
Title: Interactive Reading Project
Description: Students are motivated to read and learn to discuss literature by discussing books they are reading via e-mail.


ALEX Learning Assets


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Title: Tailor Your Teaching with Today's Meet
Digital Tool: Today's Meet
Digital Tool Description: This is a live stream chat, where students can ask questions and leave comments. Teachers can use the comments and questions to tailor their teaching on the spot to meet student needs. Students can also respond to one another, creating a live learning community. A temporary room can be set up that will automatically delete in a set time frame. 


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Title: Social Media Responsibility
Digital Tool: #Virtue: A Special Report on Social Media Responsibility
Digital Tool Description: This Taking Action Special Report done by a local news station focuses on the importance of teaching students social media responsibility. This informative video includes accounts from local students and candid stories from teens about how social media affects their lives.  This video will be used to introduce students to the potential pitfalls of the unsafe uses of social media.


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Title: Teaching Students to Think Before You Post
Digital Tool: You Tube Video titled the same.
Digital Tool Description: This video promoted by the Ad Council is designed to make teens aware of the potential dangers of sharing and posting personal information online and communicating with unfamiliar people.


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Title: Safebook
Digital Tool: ReadWriteThink Tool
Digital Tool Description: ReadWriteThink profile is an interactive profile for students to learn how to create a safe online profile.    


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Title: Stop Cyberbullying
Digital Tool: On-line Interactive Website
Digital Tool Description: Infinity Interactive Learning Lab provides a interactive training site for teaching them how to prevent cyber bullying to students. Students watch a video and apply the concepts they have learned.


ALEX Podcasts


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Facebook and Teens
Overview:
Facebook and Teens is a podcast that informs you on how you as a teenager should watch what you say and do on Facebook.


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Using Pinterest in the Classroom to Research a Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
Overview:
This podcast was created to teach educators and students how to use the website Pinterest. Pinterest is an amazing resource and data base full of educational information. During the pod-cast, I show the viewer how to search for healthy life tools and tips.


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Teens, the Internet and the U. S. Justice System
Overview:
"Teens, the Internet, and the U. S. Justice System" is a podcast designed to show how the legal system has adapted to the Internet.  The podcast has five court cases which involve: protesting, infringement into school computers, when creative writing becomes criminal intent, when are you responsible with what's on your website, and when graphic arts get too graphic. The object is to help students make good choices when they are on the Internet. 


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"What Hath God Wrought": A Brief History of Recorded Sound
Overview:
This podcast can be used by either technology teachers or Civics teachers.  Technology teachers can use it to teach the use and possibilities of the new technologies.  The civics teacher can use it to open up discussion on laws and regulations involving those same technologies; as well as the history of recorded music up to today.  The podcast uses hip, cutting edge references to the internet and its associated uses, so kids will "get" it, but it also contains information that parents can use to help them understand their child's use of the internet.


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Internet Safety - a teen's perspective
Overview:
Xtranormal video of internet safety including protection of personal information.  Script and movie were created by 8th grade students


Web Resources


Lesson Plans


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Safe Online Talk (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
In this Common Sense Media lesson, students first watch a short video in which teens share their rules of the road for connecting with others online. Through a guided class discussion, students then learn strategies for recognizing and responding to risky online interaction. Finally, students work in groups to rate the riskiness of several online scenarios using the provided "Internet Traffic Light Student Handout."

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Online Scams and Schemes (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
This common sense media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students learn about identity theft, what kinds of information identity thieves want, and what can be done with that information. Students then analyze phony emails and identify tricks that identity thieves use online. Finally, they create a phishing email that includes the features that they have learned about, and see if classmates can identify the scams.

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Trillion Dollar Footprint (6-8)
http://www.commonsen...
This Common Sense Media lesson includes step-by-step instructions for teachers as they show a provided video clip and guide students through activities and discussion questions. Students learn that they have a digital footprint, which can be searched, shared, and seen by a large, invisible audience. Discussion questions and activities lead students to recognize that people’s online information can be helpful or harmful to their reputation and image. Students also consider their own digital footprints and what they want those footprints to be like in the future.

Podcasts


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Public Wi-Fi Networks
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, the use of public wi-fi networks is discussed, emphasizing the lack of security often present. Also included is a written transcript of the video.

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Sharing Information: A Day in Your Life
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, ways in which information is collected from consumers going about their daily lives.

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Net Cetera: Share with Care
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, tips for appropriate posting on social media is discussed. Also included is a written transcript of the video.

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Net Cetera: Heads Up
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, the use of the mantra "Heads Up: Stop. Think. Click." is used to encourage children to think before posting on social media, downloading a game, or making an online purchase.

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Protect Your Computer from Malware
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, tips for avoiding, detecting, and getting rid of malware are offered. Also included is a written transcript of the video.

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Keeping Kids Safe Online
http://www.commonsen...
This 3:21 long video provides rules for keeping safe online. A print-out of the rules would be a great take-home assignment to be signed by a parent.

Informational Materials


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Social Safety
http://www.socialsaf...
Social Safety is an effort to educate US teens on the dangers of social networking.

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Stop Cyberbulling
http://www.stopcyber...
A website with a variety of resources on cyberbullying for teachers, students and parents.

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NetSmartz
http://www.netsmartz...
Educational resource from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Discusses various Internet safety topics.

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The Cyber bullying Detective
http://www.cyberbull...
This website provides resources, articles, and links to information about cyber bullying. Students click on different objects to work their way through the detective's office, gathering information along the way.

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Internet Safety
http://www.gcflearnf...
Informational lessons are provided for internet safety. Information on threats, scams, social networking, and more.

Interactives/Games


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The Cyber bullying Detective
http://www.cyberbull...
This website provides resources, articles, and links to information about cyber bullying. Students click on different objects to work their way through the detective's office, gathering information along the way.

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The Case of the Cyber Criminal
http://www.onguardon...
In this game from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, students work to prevent an online spy from getting their personal information.

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