Grade 8

Digital Media and Your Brain

How does digital media try to hook you, and what can you do about it?
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This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELA, CASEL, AASL and ISTE.

Sometimes when you're using media, it's hard to stop. Lots of people even say they feel "addicted" to their phones or the apps and games they use. But is digital media actually designed to get you hooked? Have students think about the ways different digital media does -- and does not -- help us find healthy media balance.

Students will be able to:
  • Explore ways that different digital media are, and aren't, designed to help them make good media choices.
  • Reflect on how digital media is designed to either help or hinder the addition of meaning and value to their lives.
  • Think about how to develop good, healthy habits when using digital media.

Lesson Snapshot

  Estimated time: 45 mins.
Warm Up:
Attention Getter
10 mins.
Watch and Analyze:
Why Do We Get Hooked?
15 mins.
Compare and Contrast:
Addictive Design Vs. Humane Design
10 mins.
Wrap Up:
Making Healthy Media Choices
10 mins.

What You'll Need

Student and family resources also available in Spanish
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Lesson Slides
Video: Teen Voices: The Pressure to Stay Connected Watch
Student Handout: Humane or a Brain Drain? Student Version Answer Key
Lesson Quiz Student Version Answer Key
Take-home resources
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