This lesson introduces children to different ways young people have used the internet to work toward positive social change.
This lesson focuses on teaching students to understand the role of identity in the online marketplace and online advertising, and advertisers’ intent to manipulate consumers.
My unit will align with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein for Advanced Placement Literature students, although it could be adapted to other texts that pose the same question: Will we be cautious in creating technology, or will our creations ultimately harm us? Many dystopian futures feature violent revolts on humans from mistreated robots. These stories resonate because they mirror past brutality against African slaves, proposals to purify humanity in the Eugenics Movement, and recent mistreatment of immigrants. When we create more beautiful, more intelligent, and more talented humanoid entities to think for us, to entice us, and to comfort us, how will we view ourselves? Our virtual assistants have female voices. Does this amplify biased views of gender? If we treat our virtual assistants as slaves, will this increase our hatred towards other humans? Will our lives become completely irrelevant? In this unit, students will research the current state of robotics, and draw comparisons between our modern creations and the moral and technological warning in Frankenstein, encouraging students to think about the technology they use, feel agency in determining its future, and strive towards creating tools for a more humane world.
There are already many online lessons for building digital skills in higher education, so why is Ateliers sur demande | Instant Workshops creating more? First, it is not always easy to find lessons in both English and French, which is particularly helpful in Canada, for example, where Ateliers sur demande | Instant Workshops started. Second, when English and French lessons do exist, sometimes there are issues with accessibility, such as videos without captions. Or there are issues with access, such as subscription fees or institutional logins. Or there are issues with resources that are too long or inflexible or impersonal.
The collaborators on Ateliers sur demande | Instant Workshops aim to provide digital skills lessons for higher education in French and English that are free, open, focused, accessible, flexible, and humanized. The site and initial suite of lessons were made possible with funding by the Government of Ontario and through eCampusOntario’s support of the Virtual Learning Strategy, and new lessons are added regularly.
This lesson is part of the Digital Literacy curriculum and is taken from the Northstar Digital Literacy standards for Basic Computer Knowledge.
The teaching and quiz are designed for ESL Level 1 and 2 students but could be delivered at any level with some modifications.
The quiz can be delivered in printed form, particularly with Pre-Lit students.
This lesson, part of the Digital Literacy series, addresses the importance of locating and verifying reliable sources when working with online information. This lesson is aimed at a young audience and operates on the assumption that many students in the class are not yet reading and writing independently.
The first video in Lesson 02: Computer Hardware. This video takes a quick look at the categories of computer hardware: processing, storage, input, and output.
Before keyboards, printers, even monitors there was processing. Processing is the reason computers are computers. Processing is the ability of the computer to take in raw data and basically make sense of it.
In this video we look at: Microprocessor (CPUs), Moore's Law, and Motherboard.
We examine storage devices in computers. This storage lecture has been broken up into to two section, this one focuses on hard drives and RAM, the next video covered removable storage devices.
The second part of our storage videos. This video looks at some of the removable storage media you can use. We look at floppy drives, CDs, DVDs, Blu-ray and ROM (flash memory).
Video 5 in our introduction to computers series looks at computer input devices. We examine some common input devices and look at how to clean your keyboard and mouse.
Our last video in our Computer Hardware lesson, part of the Introduction to Computers course.
This video looks at the most common output devices found on a computer we also list out top 5 resources, be sure to check them out.
The first video in the Computer Software series, part of our Introduction to Computers course. This video looks at the general types of software, software development, the software development life cycle, as well as explains what computer programers do.
Welcome to one of the most geeky videos in the entire series. This video will introduce you to the computer boot process, the way a computer starts from the moment you turn the computer on, till the operating system kicks in.
In the previous video we looked at the basics of operating systems. In this video we take a look at the current operating systems available to consumer. In addition to looking at Windows, we also cover the current Mac OS X, Linux and Mobile Operating systems.
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Our last video in the Computer Software lesson, part of our Introduction to Computers curriculum.
In this video we look at the types of application users can find. We talk about business software and personal software. We also give our 3-5 to picks for viewers to check out.
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This lesson will introduce students to the need for practicing inclusivity and empathy when engaged in digital communication.
Students create a spreadsheet to quantify, analyze and determine the experiences and views towards technology of the Computer Commuter users.
Students create the layout of the spreadsheet that best suits the data in the survey. Questions are in different formats: multiple choice and short answer. The student must determine how to set up the spreadsheet to make the data easy and efficiently understandable.
The first video in our database lesson, part of the Introduction to Computer series.
This video looks at the basics of databases. We define database, as well as key terms to know.