Digital Citizenship

When Is Your Brain Ready for Social Media? | Above the Noise

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Social media is a mixed bag. Being online may increase chances of identity theft and cyberbullying, yet, it’s estimated over 20% of 8-12-year-olds have at least one social media account—sometimes without their parents’ knowledge. At times, tweens are taking back charge of their brand, started by their parents since they were born, and sometimes, they are looking to share and connect with a community they have trouble finding face-to-face. So, What’s the right age to start using social media? 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

YouTube Algorithms: How to Avoid the Rabbit Hole | Above the Noise

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We all know how easy it is to spend hours watching videos on YouTube. Why do we go down that rabbit hole? Mostly because of a combination of computer programming and marketing know-how called ALGORITHMS. Co-produced with Data & Society Research Institute. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

Deepfakes: Can You Spot a Phony Video? | Above the Noise

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Recently, a doctored video of Speaker Nancy Pelosi got millions of views on social media. Deepfakes are becoming easier to make and spread, and Above the Noise is here to help people understand this new phenomenon and what to do about it. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

 

 

Creating Podcasts | Media Arts Toolkit

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As an English/digital media teacher at Henry Clay High School in Lexington, Kentucky, Jason Behler has found that his students become deeply engaged when creating their own podcasts, especially because he allows them great freedom in selecting their own genre and content. His students develop skills in collaboration and time management as well as technical and communication skills. Podcasting does not need to be confined to a class in digital media, and it does not require expensive equipment. Podcasting can be integrated into any content area to add spark to your lessons.

Is the Internet Making You Meaner? | Above the Noise

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If the Internet's making you feel meaner, you're not imagining it. People really do act differently online than they do in person. Here’s why. According to a paper published in 2004 by psychologist John Suler, there are about 6 main reasons people act differently online. This could explain the rise of internet trolls or why people open up more online than they would in person. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

Made in collaboration with Common Sense. 

Screen Time: How Much Is Too Much? | Above the Noise

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Even by conservative estimates, the average American spends over 6 hours per day staring at a screen. That’s a lot of time. What does the scientific research say about it? Is it good or bad for us? Co-produced with Common Sense Education. 

Have your students watch the video and respond to the question in KQED Learn.

Cybersecurity 101

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Learn why protecting your information online is crucial with this video from the NOVA Cybersecurity Lab. The Internet was originally designed to connect large computers at universities, businesses, and governments. It grew exponentially once personal computers became common in the 1980s. Connecting to the Internet leaves computers vulnerable. People can use computers to delete data, spread viruses, or even steal someone’s identity. The good news is that there are several ways to stay safe online. You can learn about protecting information by trying coding, password cracking, and spotting email scams in NOVA’s Cybersecurity Lab.

Note: Animation includes illustrated guns.

Gross Science | Is Fear Contagious?

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Learn how fear may be contagious, in the video from NOVA’s Gross Science series. Animals give off bodily secretions called pheromones that can communicate information, such as potential threats, to other members of the same species. Similarly, humans release chemosignals in sweat when they are scared or stressed. Studies have shown that chemosignals in human sweat may transmit information about emotion to people who smell them. In addition, humans tend to mimic the feelings of people around them in a form of emotional contagion, spreading positive or negative emotions in a group. This resource is part of the NOVA: Gross Science Collection.

Digital Nation | Arne Duncan: The Class of the Future

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The Class of the Future: it may not meet in a classroom at all, and students may be learning a totally different set of skills, says Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in this video from FRONTLINE: Digital Nation.

#IceBucketChallenge Raises $62 Million for ALS Research

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Update your students on the social media trend raising money for ALS research with this video and educational materials from PBS NewsHour from August 22, 2014.

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