The learners will receive direct instruction and practice collaborating via instant messaging (IM) as they communicate clearly, safely, and successfully online, use proper netiquette and responsible Internet safety practices during this engaging and interactive digital lesson.
Estimated Time:15 minutes
Score Type:Automatically Graded
Available Languages: English, Spanish
Vocabulary: IM, Internet, Internet safety, collaborate, communicate, contact list, emoticon, instant message, netiquette, online safety, password, punctuation
Adjusts Accordingly / IdentifyLanguage Arts > Communication > Speaking Strategies / Presentations > Audience > Adjusts Accordingly / Identify
Identify MessageLanguage Arts > Communication > Media Literacy / Viewing > Main Idea > Identify Message
Instant MessagingTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Instant Messaging
InstructionsLanguage Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Follow Directions > Instructions
Negative ImpactTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Negative Impact
Notes Messages Correspondence Invitation EmailLanguage Arts > Writing > Letters / Correspondence > Informal > Notes Messages Correspondence Invitation Email
On-line EtiquetteTechnology Education > Information Technology > Basic Operations and Concepts > On-line Etiquette
Online collaborationTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Online collaboration
Personal Safety / Use / OnlineScience > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Computer Science > Personal Safety / Use / Online
PrivacyTechnology Education > Media and Culture > Law and Legal Issues > Privacy
Problem SolvingTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Problem Solving
Security OptionsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Security Options
Security and PrivacyTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Security and Privacy
Social Influences, Impact and IssuesTechnology Education > Information Technology > Technology and Society > Social Influences, Impact and Issues
Societal ImpactScience > History / Technology / Social Perspectives > Technology > Societal Impact
Spoken Vs. Written EnglishLanguage Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Function of Language > Spoken Vs. Written English
Student Communication with OthersTechnology Education > Information Technology > Digital Communications > Student Communication with Others
Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for TaskTechnology Education > Information Technology > Student Use > Student Evaluation and Selection of Tools / Software for Task
Use Technology when WritingLanguage Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Writing > Use Technology when Writing
Websites / Blogs / Email / InternetLanguage Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Websites / Blogs / Email / Internet
In this lesson, students add an avatar to their IM profile. To help expand this skill for real-world application, you might want to show students how to crop and resize graphics to be 100 x 100 pixels or less. Then, allow students to practice this skill if time permits.
Many IM acronym lists are available online. If desired, conduct an Internet search to find acronyms that students might find useful in their online communications. Share the acronyms with the class.
While most Instant Messaging programs offer similar capabilities, their interfaces vary widely. For example, in Windows Live Messenger version 8.1, you access the menus by clicking the small down-arrow in the upper-right corner. Furthermore, many interfaces offer a large collection of emoticons (many more than the basic emoticons introduced in the lesson). You might want to point out some features in the IM program used in your school if necessary.
The underlying theme throughout this unit is the role of effective writing in all walks of life throughout the world and throughout history. The lessons are presented against a backdrop of music festivals held around the world, and the accompanying activities are based on Shakespearean works. Note that music compositions and plays draw heavily on many basic writing and communication principles and skills. By exploring words in the context of music and poetic discourse, students can expand their perceptions of the multipurpose and cross-cultural aspects of written communication.