Lesson Plan

Technology in our everyday life

Students will complete a survey of their everyday media use and then compare and contrast their use to the use of the other students in the class.
Miriam K.
Media specialist/librarian
Cornell Elementary School
Coraopolis, United States
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts

Students will be able to...

-Assess how much time they spend with media activities in and out of school.

-Record and compare the time they spend with different forms of digital media .

-Create a record of their media use

-Compare and Contrast their media use with others in the class.

-Discuss what suprises them about their habits and have conversations about the habits of the class.


English Language Arts
writing clearly
Grades 7 – 9
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Hook

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The students will begin this lesson by responding to prompts on a premade Padlet. The teacher will have already created a Padlet that has the following sections: Cell Phone, Television, Internet, Computer Software, Devices, Video Games

For each of these categories the students need to respond with how many minutes a day they think are taken up with each. If the students do not have one or more of the categories the students still need to respond with "0".

(I allow the kids to write on he padlet but not to moderate just so that their answers have to be approved before they are added to the wall. )

After the students have entered all of their information, I have the padlet up on the smartboard and the kids can see all of the responses from the rest of the class. As a class we talk about the amount of time they think they spend on technology in a 24 hour period.


Student Instructions

Once the students have accessed the Padlet they should begin by clicking anywhere on the wall. There will be 2 locations that they can type into. I have the students put their name in the first section and then have them add their responses into the second section

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Assessing

Using the Common Sense Media Digital Citizen cirriculum, I have the students create a media log. Under the "My Media" lesson, you have access to a table chart for the students to fill in. ( https://www.commonsensemedia.org/educators/lesson/my-media-6-8) The students will keep this log for a 24 hour period.

There are 3 different sections for the students to complete for each of the media habits that the students responded to in the HOOK.

Cell Phone, Television, Internet, Computer Software, Devices, and Video Games: Activity, Description of activity, and the approximate time.

We talk about some examples of each of the topics and the students complete the information for the use of Padlet from the class.

The form that the students will be completing will also be available on edmodo.com



3 Independant Practice

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After completing the 24 hour survey the students will upload their information to their edmodo accounts. The students will download the form from their assignments folder and begin to complete the information.

After the students have filled in their information and uploaded the assignment to edmodo they will create their own Padlet with their information.

The students will post the URL to their padlet on the edmodo wall.

Each student will be responsible for commenting on each of the students padlet with a response to the information that the students uploaded

4 Wrap-Up

Activity: Other — Reflections

Having created a media log for a 24 hour period and responding to the other students' logs, the kids will complete a reflection. The reflection will be in the form of a 3-2-1.

The students will respond to the prompts:

3 things they learned

2 things that stood out or suprised them

1 question they have now.

Having finished this 3-2-1the class will have a discussion about anything they learned and what really suprised them