ALEX Learning Activity

  

The Consequences of Being Too Plugged In-- Part 2 of Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Hannah Bradley
System:Dothan City
School:Carver Magnet School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2713
Title:
The Consequences of Being Too Plugged In-- Part 2 of Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan
Digital Tool/Resource:
Five Consequences of a Poor Diet--Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan
Web Address – URL:
Overview:

Students will be introduced to five negative consequences of a poor "digital device diet." The teacher will lead students in utilizing the jigsaw literacy strategy, in which students will become members of a home group and an expert group as they research and discuss their assigned topic. The activity will culminate with students creating a presentation in the form of a research paper, poster, or slideshow to demonstrate their knowledge of the five consequences of a poor digital diet and their effect on all aspects of health. 

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
Education and Training
HUM (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Family Wellness
2 ) Analyze cultural influences on health behaviors, including social norms, laws and regulations, family traditions, and stereotypes that impact the health and wellness of individuals and families.

Examples: knowledge, attitude, and beliefs related to family eating habits; Alabama's graduated driver license to promote safe driving

Education and Training
HUM (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Family Wellness
4 ) Evaluate positive and negative impacts of technology on health.

Examples: positive—improved diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of diseases and disorders

-  negative—decreased level of health-enhancing physical activity, inflationary expense of health care services

Education and Training
HUM (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Family Wellness
9 ) Analyze the relationship of dimensions of health and wellness, including emotional, intellectual, physical, social, environmental, and spiritual factors that impact the health and wellness of individuals and families.

•  Applying decision-making strategies to achieve and improve personal health goals
Example: participating regularly in physical activity, avoiding sexual risk-taking, preventing abuse, practicing water safety, operating motor vehicles safely
Education and Training
HUM (2009)
Grade: 9-12
Life Connections
18 ) Assess ways technology impacts individuals and families throughout the life cycle.

Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 6
R1) Identify, demonstrate, and apply personal safe use of digital devices.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • participate in online activities while protecting personal data and will alert a trusted adult if they encounter a questionable situation.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that some data is considered personal and should be protected.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • classify data as private or public.
  • operate technology devices without sharing personal data.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • sharing personal data in public forums, even with share settings turned off, can result in dangerous real
  • life consequences.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
R1) Identify, demonstrate, and apply personal safe use of digital devices.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • participate in online activities while protecting personal data
  • alert a trusted adult if they encounter a questionable situation.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that some data is considered personal and should be protected.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • classify data as private or public.
  • operate technology devices without sharing personal data.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • sharing personal data in public forums, even with share settings turned off, can result in dangerous real
  • life consequences.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 7
14) Discuss current events related to emerging technologies in computing and the effects such events have on individuals and the global society.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • identify emerging technologies and share impacts to society.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • all technologies impact society in some way.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • identify impacts of emerging technologies.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • emerging technologies can have both positive and negative impacts to societies (Ex: a technology can improve efficiency but reduce the number of jobs available).
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
R1) Identify, demonstrate, and apply personal safe use of digital devices.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • participate in online activities while protecting personal data and will alert a trusted adult if they encounter a questionable situation.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • that some data is considered personal and should be protected.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • classify data as private or public.
  • operate technology devices without sharing personal data.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • sharing personal data in public forums, even with share settings turned off, can result in dangerous real
  • life consequences.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 8
14) Analyze current events related to computing and their effects on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • research current events related to computing.
  • analyze possible effects of current events on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • technology will always have positive and negative effects on others; it is important to examine the benefits and costs associated with implementing new technology.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • analyze current events related to computing.
  • analyze the effects of current events related to computing on education, the workplace, individuals, communities, and global society.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • it is important to examine the benefits and costs associated with implementing new technology.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 9-12
R1) Identify, demonstrate, and apply personal safe use of digital devices.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • demonstrate personal safe use of technology.
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • how to safely use digital devices.
  • that failure to use digital devices safely can have an impact on access at school as well as the protection of personal data.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • identify personal safe use of digital devices.
  • demonstrate personal safe use of digital devices.
  • apply personal safe use of digital devices.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • it is important to protect personal data when sharing information on the internet.
Digital Literacy and Computer Science
DLIT (2018)
Grade: 9-12
11) Model and demonstrate behaviors that are safe, legal, and ethical while living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world.

a. Recognize user tracking methods and hazards.

Examples: Cookies, WiFi packet sniffing.

b. Understand how to apply techniques to mitigate effects of user tracking methods.

c. Understand the ramifications of end-user license agreements and terms of service associated with granting rights to personal data and media to other entities.

d. Explain the relationship between online privacy and personal security.

Examples: Convenience and accessibility, data mining, digital marketing, online wallets, theft of personal information.

e. Identify physical, legal, and ethical consequences of inappropriate digital behaviors.

Examples: Cyberbullying/harassment, inappropriate sexual communications.

f. Explain strategies to lessen the impact of negative digital behaviors and assess when to apply them.

Unpacked Content
Evidence Of Student Attainment:
Students will:
  • model behaviors that are safe, legal, and ethical while living, learning, and working in an interconnected digital world.
a.
  • be able to identify user tracking methods and hazards.
b.
  • present strategies to mitigate effects of user tracking methods.
c.
  • explain how end-user license agreements and terms of service agreements serve to protect corporations not individuals.
  • explain the ramifications that may exist when one enters into a end-user licensing agreement or terms of use agreement.
  • explain how personal data may be shared by permissions agreed to in terms of service or end-user license agreements.
d.
  • explain online privacy.
  • explain personal security.
  • explain the relationship between online privacy and personal security.
e.
  • identify physical consequences of inappropriate digital behaviors.
  • identify legal consequences of inappropriate digital behaviors.
  • identify ethical consequences of inappropriate digital behaviors.
f.
  • identify impacts of negative digital behaviors.
  • explain strategies to lessen the impact of negative digital behaviors.
  • assess when to apply various strategies to lessen the impact of negative digital behaviors.
Teacher Vocabulary:
  • ethics
  • digital world
a.
    cookies
  • virus
  • malware
  • packet sniffing
  • spyware
  • phishing
b.
  • browser history
c.
  • personal data
d.
    data mining
  • digital marketing
  • online wallets
  • personal information
  • data accessibility
  • passwords.
e.
  • cyberbullying
  • harassment
  • sexual communication
f.
  • online safety
Knowledge:
Students know:
  • safe, legal, and ethical behaviors for online behavior.
a.
  • tracking methods are often used to improve digital tools and advertising.
  • hazards exist when unknown entities have access to a user's digital habits.
b.
  • methods to counteract the use of tracking.
c.
  • that often, end-user licensing agreements (EULA) are often written to protect the entity that created the digital tool, rather than the user of the digital tool.
  • that EULAs and terms of service agreements can grant access to the user's personal data.
  • that personal data can include images, posts, personal information (phone number, address, birth date, access to friends), and browsing data.
d.
  • often there exists an inverse relationship between online privacy/personal security and convenience.
e.
  • that inappropriate digital behavior can have physical, legal, and ethical consequences.
f.
  • that negative digital behaviors can have lasting consequences.
  • that some behaviors are illegal.
  • strategies to lessen the impact of negative digital behaviors and assess when to apply them.
Skills:
Students are able to:
  • interact digitally while exercising safe, legal, and ethical behaviors.
a.
  • identify tracking methods used to gather data.
  • identify hazards that exist when tracking methods are used.
b.
  • list techniques to avoid tracking.
  • apply techniques to avoid tracking.
c.
  • interpret the terms of EULAs and terms of service agreements.
  • make an educated decision to agree to EULAs and terms of service agreements.
d.
  • weigh the risks of using a digital tool to one's personal security.
  • identify potential risks to using various digital tools.
  • evaluate a digital tool's security.
e.
  • identify inappropriate digital behaviors.
  • identify consequences of inappropriate digital behaviors.
f.
  • identify negative digital behaviors.
  • share strategies to to lessen the impact of negative digital behaviors.
Understanding:
Students understand that:
  • because the Internet can be such a persisting environment, it is vital to interact with safe, legal, and ethical behaviors.
a.
  • entities use tracking methods to make products more appealing to their users.
  • hazards exists when tracking data can be tied to individual users.
b.
  • privacy can be violated when tracking is used.
  • techniques exist to mitigate the effects of tracking methods.
c.
  • nothing is free—you often give up data to use digital resources for no charge.
  • it is important to educate yourself on EULAs and terms of service agreements.
d.
  • free digital tools can compromise one's privacy and security.
  • it is important to be aware of what one is trading for use of a service.
e.
  • inappropriate digital behavior can have physical, legal, and ethical consequences.
  • consequences of inappropriate digital behaviors can have life-altering consequences.
f.
  • digital identity is tied to online digital behavior.
  • negative digital behaviors can have lasting consequences.
  • some digital activity is illegal.
Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 6
6.1.1) Describe the interrelationship between social and emotional health in adolescence.

a. . Identify how positive relationships can enhance each dimension of health.

b. Explain how stress can affect personal health.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 7
7.1.1) Summarize the interrelationship of emotional, social, and physical health.

a. Determine how peers may affect the six dimensions of health.

b. Illustrate how changing family dynamics can affect health.

Examples: divorce, relocating, death

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 8
8.1.1) Explain how emotional, intellectual, physical, spiritual, mental, and social health affect each other.

a. Determine how social influences can affect physical health.

b. Describe how risky health behaviors affect the emotional, physical, and social health of adolescents.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 8
8.2.3) Analyze the influences of technology on personal and family health.

Examples: screen time, video game addictions, activity trackers, diabetes monitor, heart monitor, fitness assessment tools

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 9-12
Health Education
HE.1.2) Describe the interrelationships of emotional, mental, physical, social, spiritual, and environmental health.

a. Identify symptoms and methods of treatment of mental health disorders, including depression, and stress.

b. Identify warning signs and prevention strategies for suicide.

Health Education
HE (2019)
Grade: 9-12
Health Education
HE.2.2) Describe the pros and cons of the use of technology as it affects personal, family, and community health.

Examples: positive and negative influences on self-esteem, addiction to technology, personal interactions and relationships

English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 6
R1. Utilize active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings, following agreed-upon rules for participation.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Reception
Teacher Vocabulary:
R1.
  • Active listening
  • Discussion
  • Conversation
  • Rules
  • Participation
Knowledge:
R1. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • How to engage in discussions and conversations in a variety of settings.
  • Agreed-upon rules for participation.
Skills:
R1. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings.
  • Converse in pairs, small groups, and large groups.
  • Practice the agreed-upon rules for participation.
Understanding:
R1. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow agreed-upon rules which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 6
11. Utilize written, visual, digital, and interactive texts to generate and answer literal, interpretive, and applied questions.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 7
R1. Utilize active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings, following agreed-upon rules for participation.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Reception
Teacher Vocabulary:
R1.
  • Active listening
  • Discussion
  • Conversation
  • Rules
  • Participation
Knowledge:
R1. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • How to engage in discussions and conversations in a variety of settings.
  • Agreed-upon rules for participation.
Skills:
R1. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings.
  • Converse in pairs, small groups, and large groups.
  • Practice the agreed-upon rules for participation.
Understanding:
R1. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow agreed-upon rules which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 7
11. Compare and contrast the effectiveness of techniques used in a variety of digital sources to generate and answer literal, interpretive, and applied questions and create new understandings.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Reception
Focus Area:
Reading
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 8
R1. Utilize active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings, following agreed-upon rules for participation.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Reception
Teacher Vocabulary:
R1.
  • Active listening
  • Discussion
  • Conversation
  • Rules
  • Participation
Knowledge:
R1. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • How to engage in discussions and conversations in a variety of settings.
  • Agreed-upon rules for participation.
Skills:
R1. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during discussion and conversation in pairs, small groups, or whole-class settings.
  • Converse in pairs, small groups, and large groups.
  • Practice the agreed-upon rules for participation.
Understanding:
R1. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow agreed-upon rules which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 8
25. Produce research writings independently over extended periods of time which encompass research, reflection, and revision and over shorter time frames.

Examples: a day or two, a single sitting
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Expression
Focus Area:
Writing
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 9
R3. Utilize active listening skills in formal and informal conversations, following predetermined norms.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Recurring Standard
Teacher Vocabulary:
R3.
  • Active listening
  • Formal conversations
  • Informal conversations
  • Predetermined norms
Knowledge:
R3. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • Strategies to identify formal and informal settings.
  • Engage in formal and informal conversations.
  • Predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Skills:
R3. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during formal and informal discussions.
  • Practice predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Understanding:
R3. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow predetermined norms which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 9
24. Utilize responsible and ethical research practices to write clear, coherent products with a command of language suitable for a particular target audience and purpose.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Research Literacy
Focus Area:
Engage in inquiry through the research process to locate, acquire, refine, and present relevant and credible findings in multiple modes.
Teacher Vocabulary:
24.
  • Responsible research practices
  • Ethical research practices
  • Command of language
  • Target audience
  • Purpose
Knowledge:
24. Students know:
  • Responsible and ethical research practices.
  • Writing skills.
  • The conventions of standard, formal English.
  • Strategies to modify writing for a particular audience and purpose.
Skills:
24. Students are able to:
  • Write clear, coherent documents using responsible and ethical research practices.
  • Incorporate conventions of formal, standard English into clear, coherent writing products.
  • Modify writing to be suitable for a particular audience and purpose.
Understanding:
24. Students understand that:
  • Ethical and responsible research practices are necessary when writing academic and workplace documents.
  • The conventions of standard, formal English are necessary for effective academic and workplace communication.
  • Written language should be adapted, depending on the audience and purpose.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 10
R3. Utilize active listening skills in formal and informal conversations, following predetermined norms.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Recurring Standard
Teacher Vocabulary:
R3.
  • Active listening
  • Formal conversations
  • Informal conversations
  • Predetermined norms
Knowledge:
R3. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • Strategies to identify formal and informal settings.
  • Engage in formal and informal conversations.
  • Predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Skills:
R3. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during formal and informal discussions.
  • Practice predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Understanding:
R3. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow predetermined norms which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 10
24. Utilize responsible and ethical research practices to write clear, coherent products with a command of language suitable for a particular target audience and purpose.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Research Literacy
Focus Area:
Engage in inquiry through the research process to locate, acquire, refine, and present relevant and credible findings in multiple modes.
Teacher Vocabulary:
24.
  • Responsible research practices
  • Ethical research practices
  • Command of language
  • Target audience
  • Purpose
Knowledge:
24. Students know:
  • Responsible and ethical research practices.
  • Writing skills.
  • The conventions of standard, formal English.
  • Strategies to modify writing for a particular audience and purpose.
Skills:
24. Students are able to:
  • Write clear, coherent documents using responsible and ethical research practices.
  • Incorporate conventions of formal, standard English into clear, coherent writing products.
  • Modify writing to be suitable for a particular audience and purpose.
Understanding:
24. Students understand that:
  • Ethical and responsible research practices are necessary when writing academic and workplace documents.
  • The conventions of standard, formal English are necessary for effective academic and workplace communication.
  • Written language should be adapted, depending on the audience and purpose.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 11
R3. Utilize active listening skills in formal and informal conversations, following predetermined norms.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Recurring Standard
Teacher Vocabulary:
R3.
  • Active listening
  • Formal conversations
  • Informal conversations
  • Predetermined norms
Knowledge:
R3. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • Strategies to identify formal and informal settings.
  • Engage in formal and informal conversations.
  • Predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Skills:
R3. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during formal and informal discussions.
  • Practice predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Understanding:
R3. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow predetermined norms which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 11
24. Evaluate the credibility of sources in terms of authority, relevance, accuracy, and purpose.

a. Assess the usefulness of written information to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Research Literacy
Focus Area:
Engage in inquiry through the research process to locate, acquire, refine, and present relevant and credible findings in multiple modes.
Teacher Vocabulary:
24.
  • Evaluate
  • Credibility
  • Authority
  • Relevance
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose
24a.
  • Assess
  • Written information
Knowledge:
24. Students know:
  • Strategies to assess the credibility of research sources.
  • Features of authoritative, relevant, and accurate research sources.
24a.
  • Strategies to locate relevant and credible written information.
  • Credible information is accurate and reliable.
  • Criteria to determine the usefulness a research source.
  • Information learned through reading can be used to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
Skills:
24. Students are able to:
  • Evaluate the credibility of research sources in terms of authority, relevance, accuracy, and purpose.
24a.
  • Locate useful written information in the research process.
  • Determine the usefulness of a research source.
  • Use research findings to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
Understanding:
24. Students understand that:
  • Before using a source in their research projects, they should evaluate the credibility of the source in terms of its authority, relevance, accuracy, and purpose.
24a.
  • It is necessary to determine the usefulness of a source before using it as evidence to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 12
R3. Utilize active listening skills in formal and informal conversations, following predetermined norms.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Recurring Standard
Teacher Vocabulary:
R3.
  • Active listening
  • Formal conversations
  • Informal conversations
  • Predetermined norms
Knowledge:
R3. Students know:
  • Active listening skills.
  • Strategies to identify formal and informal settings.
  • Engage in formal and informal conversations.
  • Predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Skills:
R3. Students are able to:
  • Demonstrate active listening skills during formal and informal discussions.
  • Practice predetermined norms for formal and informal discussions.
Understanding:
R3. Students understand that:
  • Conversations and discussions follow predetermined norms which help us actively listen and gain understanding.
English Language Arts
ELA2021 (2021)
Grade: 12
24. Evaluate the credibility of sources in terms of authority, relevance, accuracy, and purpose.

a. Assess the usefulness of written information to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
Unpacked Content
Content Area:
Research Literacy
Focus Area:
Engage in inquiry through the research process to locate, acquire, refine, and present relevant and credible findings in multiple modes.
Teacher Vocabulary:
24.
  • Evaluate
  • Credibility
  • Authority
  • Relevance
  • Accuracy
  • Purpose
24a.
  • Assess
  • Written information
Knowledge:
24. Students know:
  • Strategies to assess the credibility of research sources.
  • Features of authoritative, relevant, and accurate research sources.
24a.
  • Strategies to locate relevant and credible written information.
  • Credible information is accurate and reliable.
  • Criteria to determine the usefulness a research source.
  • Information learned through reading can be used to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
Skills:
24. Students are able to:
  • Evaluate the credibility of research sources in terms of authority, relevance, accuracy, and purpose.
24a.
  • Locate useful written information in the research process.
  • Determine the usefulness of a research source.
  • Use research findings to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
Understanding:
24. Students understand that:
  • Before using a source in their research projects, they should evaluate the credibility of the source in terms of its authority, relevance, accuracy, and purpose.
24a.
  • It is necessary to determine the usefulness of a source before using it as evidence to answer a research question, solve a problem, or take a position.
Learning Objectives:

  • Students will identify the safe personal use of digital devices.
  • Students will discuss current events and issues related to technology/computing with their peers.
  • Students will describe how physical, mental, emotional, and social health are related.
  • Students will describe how technology can impact personal health.
  • Students will conduct a short research project and synthesize multiple sources of information to develop a thorough understanding of a topic. 
  • Students will actively engage in collaborative discussions with their peers related to grade-level texts and topics. 
  • Students will collaborate with their peers to create a presentation that analyzes and evaluates the consequences of a poor digital diet.
  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
Phase:
During/Explore/Explain
Activity:

  1. Introduce students to the digital tool, "Five Consequences of a Poor Diet," by projecting the website or printing the information for students.
  2. The teacher will introduce the jigsaw research method to students (see Advanced Preparation section for additional explanation):

      • Divide students into groups of five. This will be the students' home group.
      • Each student in the home group will be assigned a different topic to research from the five consequences presented in the digital tool: addictions, broken relationships, health issues, emotional stressors, and clinical disorders. 
      • After the teacher assigns each student in the home group a research topic, the students who are researching the same topic will meet in expert groups. These are students across the home groups who are assigned to research the same topic.

  3. After students are placed with their expert groups, they will work collaboratively to research their assigned topic focusing on the following essential questions:

      • How do digital devices/technology lead to this consequence?
      • How might this negative consequence affect people's physical, mental, emotional, and social health?
      • Do they have any personal experience or connection to this consequence?

  4. After students complete their research with their expert groups, students will return to their original home groups. Each student will share their research with their home group. As students discuss their findings, students should take notes on their classmates' research findings. Be sure students know they will be responsible for creating a presentation with information on all five topics. Students can use the previous essential questions to direct their collaborative conversations and notetaking. 
  5. Students will work in their home group to create a presentation that provides information about the five consequences of a poor digital diet. This presentation could be in the form of a research paper, poster, or slideshow presentation (e.g. Google Slides or PowerPoint). The teacher could require all students to complete one type of presentation, or students could be allowed to choose the format of their presentation from the options provided. 
  6. Students could present their final product to the whole class with their home group if desired, or the students can turn in the presentation for teacher review.
Assessment Strategies:

  • The teacher can formatively assess student mastery of standards by monitoring students during their research and collaborative discussions. 
  • The teacher can formally assess students' final product using this "Research Project Rubric" from readwritethink.org. The rubric does include criteria for presentations, but this can be omitted if students are not presenting their final products to classmates.

Advanced Preparation:

  • This lesson will utilize the "Jigsaw" literacy strategy, in which students will become members of a home group and an expert group as they research and discuss their assigned topic. The following websites will provide additional background information regarding this research-based literacy strategy: "Using the Jigsaw Cooperative Learning Technique" from readwritethink.org and "Jigsaw" from adlit.org.
  • This graphic organizer can be copied for students to record their research findings if desired. 
  • This "Research Project Rubric" from readwritethink.org can be used to assess students' final product. The rubric can be copied and given to students prior to beginning their work on the presentation.
Variation Tips (optional):

There are videos included in the digital tool that can be shown to students. 

Links to Additional Activities:

How Plugged In Are You?-- Part 1 of Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan

My Pledge to Unplug-- Part 3 of Unplug: The Digital Diet Plan

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This activity also correlates to the following Career Tech Standards:

Foundations of Business Leadership

4. Identify barriers to and methods for improving the communication process in the corporate world.

STEM Technologies I 

6. Identify positive and negative ways the use of technology affects humans.

21. Engage in positive, safe, legal, and ethical behaviors when using technology, including during social interactions online and when using networked devices.

Business Skills Development

14. Identify the potential hazards that misusing social media and other technology may have on one’s future plans.

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