As a class, discuss the following themes and concepts from Instant to help familiarize your students with them. Try and focus the discussion on the meaning of each theme/concept. When the discussion is complete, ask students to match the theme/concept with its definition.
The ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms.
|Online Literacy||The knowledge, skills and behaviors used in a broad range of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktop PCs.|
|Social Media||Computer-mediated technologies that allow indviduals, companies, NGOs, governments, and other organizations to view, create and share information, ideas and other forms of expression via virtual communities.|
|Digital Identity||The network or internet equivalent to the real identity of a person or entity when used for identification in connections or transactions.|
|Digital Identity vs. Real Identity||A performance of oneself rather than the self itself.|
|Online Fame||Often referred to as "going viral", it refers to the sharing of something, often a video or website link, via email or social media outlets.|
|Perceptions||The way you think about or understand someone or something.|
|Domestic Abuse||A pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used to gain or maintain power or control over another person in the home. It can be physical, emotional, economic or psychological actions or threats of action that influence another person.|
|Parental Pressure||Behavior exhibited by parents that is perceived by their children as indicating high, unlikely or possibly even unatainable expectations.|
|Online Bullying||The use of cell phones, instant messaging, email, chat rooms or social networking sites to harass threaten or intimidate someone.|
Some questions to help the discussion get started:
To further enhance your students understanding of the themes/concepts in Instant, place them in small groups and assign each a theme/concept to research and explore. While exploring their theme/concept, they should focus on finding real-life examples (from reputable sources) of how the theme/concept can be both positive and negative (for example: online fame can see someone become famous for an actual talent and can also see someone become famous for an embarrassing action).
Each group will discuss the examples they have found and will brainstorm pros and cons of the theme/concept.
Each student will then be responsible for making their own word cloud based on what they have learnt from their exploration, as well as writing about it from either their personal perspective or how they have turned a con(s) of the theme into a positive (i.e. using social media to help others, instead of hurting them).