Unit 1. Your Virtual WorldRevision Date: Jun 11, 2020 (Version 3.0)
Students will read about and discuss the issues that arise from the use and misuse of technology. Over the two sessions, students will assess their current uses of computing devices and then narrow their focus to research and then discuss social media, online retail and banking, cloud data storage, and government surveillance as a class.
Student computer usage for this lesson is: required
These materials may be useful if you want to spend some time with the entire group discussing a few key topics.
What benefits come from taking the AP Exam?
Who should take the AP Exam?
Show the AP Exam Goals presentation.
Discuss student responses to the questions after the presentation.
Assign each student a number from 1 to 4. Students read the associated articles and prepare a 1 minute summary of a way computing fostered creativity.
Groups share their summaries.
Ask students to define the following. Compare their definitions to the ones below.
Computing innovations can have unintended consequences. We will investigate some ethical considerations that should be considered before releasing a new development. For this activity, group students in pairs. If there is an odd number of students then a group of three may be used.
As a class suggest revision(s) to the 10 Commandments of Computer Ethics.
Divide the class into four groups. Each topic group will work together to explore resources and prepare to share with the other groups tomorrow. Each student in the group should make their own copy of the worksheet, so they can bring them back to their original jigsaw groups. Students use their worksheet (ExploringInnovationsWorksheet.docx) to identify and record
After completing the worksheet, students should complete the Venn diagram (ExploringInnovationVenn.docx) to summarize key impacts of an innovation.
The topics (and examples of positive (+) and negative (-) impacts) include:
For each of the above topics, there is a resource sheet in the lesson folder that can be provided to student groups. (Optionally, you may want to create additional resource sheets, or let students select other topics and find their own resources.)
Each group should discuss its progress this far in researching their topic. Students will have 10 minutes tomorrow to prepare to make a presentation to the rest of the class.
Students should take a few minutes to journal about the following prompt:
Topic Groups: Have students briefly assemble into topic groups to compare and revise notes.
Jigsaw Groups: Have students assemble into their original jigsaw groups. Each member will present the information on the topic that was researched. All notes need to be shared within these groups.
Regroup and discuss the topics as a class if time permits.
Each student should select a topic that they would like to explore further and write the topic in their journal. It might be a narrow subtopic from the broader topics that were explored within this lesson. They might also want to write down a few interesting innovations connected to a topic. They will refer back to this during the practice performance lesson later in the unit.