Lesson Plan

Social Media and the College Application Process

Students will learn about security precautions for their social media sites and will review what a digital footprint means and how it impacts the college admission process.
Marissa K.
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Garnet Valley High School
Glen Mills, United States
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Students will be able to identify what a digital footprint is. 

Students will be able to alter their social media settings to better protect their information. 


Health & Wellness
Grades 9 – 12
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1 Hook/Attention Getter

Instructor will show examples of social media profiles that caused students to not get accepted or got students in trouble at the college level and have them read a NYTimes article. 

Student Instructions

Students will read the article from the NY Times

2 Direct Instruction

Teacher will play the webinar for students related to security online and their digital footprint. The teacher will work with the students to discuss the implications of online security 

Student Instructions

Students will watch the webinar on online security, privacy, and risk. Students will have a discussion with peers and the teacher regarding their digital footprint.

3 Independent Practice

Activity: Assessing

Teacher will ask students to log on to their social media sites  individually and set privacy settings and assess if their photos would impact a college seeing who they are. 

Student Instructions

Students will log on to their social media site and assess their security settings and what they post. 

4 Wrap Up

Activity: Conversing

The teacher will have students reflect on what they found and how it impacts them. 

Student Instructions

Students will reflect on the activity in writing as a closing activity.