Lesson Plan

Trillion Dollar FootPrint - A CommonSense Media Lesson

Use blended learning and Google Docs to Analyze Digital Footprints.
Darlynn A.
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Junior High School 167 Robert F Wagner
New York, NY
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My Grades 8
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Students will be able to analyze evidence and apply what they know about digital footprints. Students will use Google docs to collaborate and share their findings.

Students will become aware of the “digital footprint” they leave online and reflect on the kind of personal information to share about themselves. 

English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 6 - 8
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1 Hook

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Using eChalk I signed into the class site to present the lesson from the class homepage which students will access later. 

Do Now:  Interpret the following quote then turn and Turn and Talk to your partner and share your interpretation.

“Character is much easier kept than recovered.”
― Thomas Paine


How does this relate to what we already know about digital footprints?  Students can answer aloud or via Padlet. 

2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Other — Mini Lesson

Review with students the concept that all of the information about someone online makes up his or her digital footprint, and that this information can be searched; copied and passed on; seen by a large invisible audiences and become persistent (permanent).

Explain –They are now going to work in groups (all co-producers) and I am the Executive Producer of the show. Their jobs are to analyze the online information of the two applicants and decide which applicant should be the host of the show based on who works better with others and is honest. 

**Large on Screen Instructions **  will be presented on a SmartBoard - 

Working in groups, apply what you know about digital footprints to analyze Linda’s and Jason’s online profiles. As a group, decide on what evidence you will write in the feedback form.

Decide who will post in each section of the Feedback Form. Each person must post at least once. Don’t forget to fill in your Final Choice.
Think about the following questions before making your final decision. –


Do you think the show’s host should be Linda or Jason? Why?

Do you think the candidate will be honest?

Do you think the candidate will work well with others?

Fill out the Feedback Form in Google Docs. Make sure you are in the correct group. 

Be prepared to present your selection to the rest of the class next time we meet. Make sure you cite specific supporting evidence form the text. Decide who will present each portion of the presentation.

3 Guided Practice

Google Drive
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Using echalk - show students how to acces the form from their Google Drive. 

Have students log in. Show students how to access the form.  Assign group numbers to each table. 
Tell Students  - Tell students they will have 15-20 minutes to review their notes and decide what to post into the group feedback form in Google Docs. Each person must post to the feedback form.

They will each speak and can choose one person to give the final decision.

4 Independent Work

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After signing in the the class page, students will navigate to their Google Drive. Students will have found the form.

Students will use the the Choose A Host Handout (which they read during the previous class) to refer to for supporting evidence 

to populate their form. 

Choose a Host Handout : https://www.commonsensemedia.org/sites/default/files/uploads/classroom_curriculum/6-8-unit3-trilliondollarfootprint.pdf

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Assessing

Students will log into the class discssion forum area in eChalk and answer the following online EXIT ticket. 

– List one take  away from the lesson you will use in your online life.