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 -
  2. Create a backchannel for a post video discussion using
  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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