Grades: 5 - 8
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:Auto Score
Available Languages: English, Spanish
Vocabulary: IM, Internet, Internet safety, collaborate, communicate, contact list, emoticon, instant message, netiquette, online safety, password, punctuation
Fonts / Graphics SymbolsLanguage Arts > Computer Literacy Skills > Personal Use > Fonts / Graphics Symbols
Instant MessagingTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Instant Messaging
InstructionsLanguage Arts > Communication > Listening Strategies / Context > Follow Directions > Instructions
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
Security OptionsTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Security Options
Security and PrivacyTechnology Education > Information Technology > Internet > Security and Privacy
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
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.
|S.2.a||Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.|
|S.2.b||Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.|
|S.2.d||Students manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security and are aware of data-collection technology used to track their navigation online.|
|S.7.a||Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.|
|1B-NI-05||Discuss real-world cybersecurity problems and how personal information can be protected. (P3.1)|
|2-NI-05||Explain how physical and digital security measures protect electronic information. (P7.2)|