One of the biggest hits in my contemporary issues class was studying social media.
I use THREE Essential Questions:
1.) How does social media keep the world connected?
2.) What effect does social media have on human relationships?
3.) What limitations should certain people have when using social media?
With purchase you get a powerpoint with introductory media clips for students to view. I also provide assignments where students investigate Twitter to see "good" and "bad" examples of things people post. There is an assignment that allows them to do a "random act of kindness" on Twitter to see how social media can contribute positively.to society.
To address the second EQ I show the film, "The Social Network" and an assessment/acitivity included here. All of these are on word so you can adjust if necessary.
For the third EQ you will find some referenced articles from CNN, Huffington Post, etc. I do the EQ to address how unreliable some social media can be, and how they can report false information. Students I find believe everything they read, so I include an article that discusses Newtown, CT and how some false information was reported. Students also get some articles about how Social Media is changing, the Ethics/Crisis of Facebook, and a few more.
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