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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: Science (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: A Trip along the Alimentary Canal
Description: Students will prepare a digital presentation on the digestive organs, accessory structures, processes, digestive chemicals, and nutrients. This is a part of the unit on digestion and metabolism, and is performed at the beginning of the unit with additional content afterwards, especially on metabolism, nutrition, and digestive disorders. It involves use of technology to research, create, and display a presentation. It may be done individually or in small groups.


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Subject: Arts Education (7 - 12), or Mathematics (5 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Just the facts! Exploring Order of Operations and Properties of Real Numbers
Description: Students use their imagination while learning the importance of 'Order of Operations' and 'Properties of Real Numbers'. This lesson incorporates class discussions, wiki and/or online discussion threads (free at www.wikispace.com and/or quicktopic.com), art and puzzles.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: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Pen Pal Mania!
Description: In this lesson, students will use the target language to correspond with a native speaker. This is an excellent activity for students in second semester of second year or higher.


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Subject: Languages Other Than English (Foreign Languages) (9 - 12), or Technology Education (9 - 12)
Title: Bridging Cultural Gaps
Description: In a semester-long project, foreign language students begin a penpal correspondence exchange with a student from another country. Through this exchange, students gain a greater insight into the culture and language of another country, improve their communication skills in the target language, and compare their lives to those of students their own ages in another country by discussing common topics.


ALEX Learning Assets


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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.    


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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Cyberbullying - The Domino Effect
Overview:
This podcast addresses the issue of cyberbullying.  It highligthts a few important statistics about the prevalence of cyberbullying, while providing a real world example of how cyberbullying begins and is spread using social media.  Students reenact a scenario where a video of young man spreads on Facebook.  He is harassed via text messages and online messaging.  His reaction to the incident causes him to perform a task that leads to an injury.


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Let's take a trip to the World Wide Web to learn about our digital footprint.
Overview:
This podcast teaches students, teachers, and parents about 1) social networking, 2) how our information is stored online, 3) how to keep a good online reputation, 4) the dangers of social networks, and 5) how to keep our identity safe.


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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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Facebook for Parents
Overview:
The purpose of this podcast is to demonstrate the various security settings available in Facebook, provide suggestions for parents, and point out both potential dangers and possible benefits of using any social network.


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Lesson Plans


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Common Sense Media: College Bound
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 view elements of two students’ digital footprints and consider how the footprints might affect those students’ admission to college. Students then discuss what kinds of information they would want included in their own digital footprints, and learn strategies for shaping a positive online presence. *Aligned with Common Core standards. *Lessons available on the webpage *Downloading worksheets or materials requires creating a free account with Common Sense Media.

Podcasts


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How Encryption Works
http://www.howstuffw...
In depth article on data encryption with helpful videos.

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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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What is Identity Theft?
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, advice for protecting oneself from identity thieves as part of a daily routine is offered. Also included is a written transcript of the video.

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What if You're the Victim of Identity Theft?
http://www.consumer....
This video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division describes three steps you should take if you are the victim of identity theft. Also included is a written transcript of the video.

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Identity Theft: Rapid Response Tips
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, immediate steps consumers should take to prevent additional damage to credit and accounts are outlined. 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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Computer Security
http://www.consumer....
In this video from the Federal Trade Commission's Consumer Information Division, suggestions for protecting your computer from hackers, scammers, and identity thieves is presented. Also included is a written transcript of the video.

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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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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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How Encryption Works
http://www.howstuffw...
In depth article on data encryption with helpful videos.

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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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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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A Visual Debate
http://debategraph.o...
Debategraph is a platform for sharing ideas presented in a mindmapping format. Students can debate ideas or concepts in a collaborative setting. Comments are placed in bubbles forming a detailed mind map. The site also offers a vast library of previous debategraphs which can be searched and viewed. Debategraph is free, but requires a teacher login.

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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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