Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Social Media Math

Lesson Plan Title: Social Media Math

General Goal(s): Students will be able to understand the benefits of social media (twitter).

Specific Objectives:

  1. Students will be able to evaluate the benefits of using a social media tool.
  2. Students will be able to analyze data about social media usage, users, and growth.

Required Materials: Internet connection, projector or IWB, a computer for each student

Anticipatory Set (Lead-In): Obtain immediate feedback/greetings from twitter followers to show the instant collaboration opportunities of social media.

Step-By-Step Procedures:

  1. Show the “Did You Know 4.0” video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ILQrUrEWe8
  2. Create a backchannel for a post video discussion using http://etherpad.com
  3. Following the video, begin the backchannel and ask students about their initial reactions.
  4. Watch the video again, stopping at specific points to ask discussion questions
    1. 0:30 – Is there anything on this list that you do not use to access information? Is there something missing from this list that you use to access information?
    2. 0:37 – What is the ratio of TVs in the US to TVs in bathrooms in the US? Do any of you have a TV in your bathroom?
    3. 0:42 – When was the last time you read a newspaper? Do you think newspapers will be extinct someday?
    4. 0:59 – Why is some advertising going down and some advertising going up?
    5. 1:14 – How many hours of broadcasting is that for the 3 networks since 1948?
    6. 1:27 – How many unique visitors is that per day? Per hour?
    7. 2:07 – How fast do you think Mr. Creutz can type a 160-character text message?
    8. 2:21 – How is it possible to send 2,272 text messages a month? Ten years from now, do you think teenagers will be sending thousands of text messages a month?
    9. 2:24 – How many text messages was that per day? Per hour? Per minute?
    10. 2:34 – What percentage of students in this class own a cell phone? Do you think this is a typical percentage for 8th grade classes everywhere?
    11. 2:57 – Barack Obama won the 2008 Presidential Election because of his use of social media in fundraising. Do you agree or disagree? Why or why not?
    12. 3:45 – How could a mobile device be used in the classroom today, in 2010?

Plan For Independent Practice: Develop a poll to evaluate the information, effectiveness, reliability, accuracy, etc. of the “Did You Know 4.0” video. The poll should ask the reader a question, and then give the opportunity to respond to at least 4 possible answers.

Closure (Reflect Anticipatory Set): Send out a tweet about the “Did You Know 4.0” video. Ask the class to form the tweet in a way that will encourage followers to watch the video.

Assessment Based On Objectives:

  • An informal assessment will be completed by following and reading the backchannel discussion.
  • A formal assessment will be completed by evaluating the polls developed by students.

Adaptations (For Students With Learning Disabilities):

Extensions (For Gifted Students):

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