Technology and Culture

Technology and Culture

Intro to Unit Accomplishments


Below are the projects you will complete for your Unit Accomplishments. Yay

1. You will write an argument essay where you develop a claim about current culture as it has been influenced by digital connectivity.

2. You will also participate in a group project to create a museum exhibit that captures your unique place, time, and relationship to technology. Just as you might visit a museum exhibit to learn about cultures that are foreign to you because they’re from a different time or place, someone could visit your exhibit to learn about your unique time and place in history. Your exhibit will acknowledge the different arguments each team member crafted during the essay process of the unit and then use these perspectives to synthesize one cohesive visual argument together.

  • Keep considering this question as you think about the Unit Accomplishments: what unique culture has technology produced in your generation?
  • Create a document to compile notes for the Unit Accomplishments. As you work through the lessons in this unit, add any notes that could be helpful into this document.

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Then share any questions you have about the essay or the museum exhibit.

Antisocial Networking?

Work Time

In “Antisocial Networking?” Hilary Stout raises some concerns about the ways pre-teens and teens interact through contemporary technology. She theorizes that these types of interactions might prevent students from developing crucial skills in face-to-face interactions.

Listen to your teacher read a section of this text and demonstrate the kinds of annotations you’ll need to do on this article and several others over the course of developing your Unit Accomplishments.

Working with your teacher-assigned reading group, annotate your copy of the article, stopping every few minutes to check in and share notes. Here are some key annotations:

  • In your own words, identify Stout’s argument in the paragraph that begins, “Children actually used to talk to their friends.”
  • What evidence does Stout use to support her argument in the paragraph that begins, “Last week, the Pew Research Center found...”?
  • Note examples of the author’s evidence and write about how convincing you think it is.
  • Note a key sentence that sums up one of the author’s important claims and write a note on why you agree or disagree with it.
  • Do you think Stout is right in her assessment of the potential dangers of using short messages to communicate?

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Argument Quick Write


Jot down some ideas for your argument essay. Focus on these questions:

  • What do you think your point will be?
  • What are the most interesting ideas to you so far?
  • What evidence from “Antisocial Networking?” and “Are you a Digital Native?” do you find most compelling?
  • What else will you need to investigate in order to make a persuasive and well-developed argument?

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Submit your writing to your teacher.

Remember to compile any notes that could be helpful for your essay and exhibit into the document you created in Task 1.

Native and Immigrant Comparison


We are all natives to at least one place and perspective, which means we are all immigrants to many other places and perspectives. Understanding a Digital Immigrant’s experience is crucial to understanding your audience’s perspective for both parts of your project.

Think about your own experiences with technology and compare them to the main ideas you identified in “Are you a Digital Native?” and “Antisocial Networking?”

  • Choose a quotation from either “Are you a Digital Native?” or “Antisocial Networking?” that explains the experience of a Digital Native or a Digital Immigrant and write a few sentences in reaction to that quotation:
    • Do you agree or disagree with the author?
    • Why or why not?
    • What evidence might you look for in order to support your ideas?
  • When you finish, choose two more quotations and write about your reactions to them before the next lesson.

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