Anyone idea's for technology awareness project in 6th grade

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Post Sat, Jan 02 2021, 4:03 pm
I'm trying to create a project for my students about technology awareness. I'm not looking for a curriculum just a project, learning in a fun way about the disadvantages of technology and why it should be avoided or limited (e.g. filtered,...).

Most of the girls have their own devices or at least access to internet so it is very important to work on explaining them what's it all about. I want them to really understand it so it should be easier for them to accept it.

Any idea's? Or does someone know about such or a similar project?
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Post Sat, Jan 02 2021, 6:11 pm
Maybe pick a more narrow topic under the tech umbrella, like cyber bullying, internet addiction, truth vs reality on social media? Or assign different topics to different groups to teach our create a brochure about. This site has a lot of great lesson ideas: https://www.commonsense.org/ed.....afety

It sounds like you will need to tweak/modify to fit your community standards.
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Post Sat, Mar 13 2021, 10:21 pm
Would love to know what you ended up doing for this?
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Post Sat, Mar 13 2021, 10:39 pm
I don't think the parents would appreciate pressure from a teacher about this topic.
Most parents want to be the ones to make these kind of decisions.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 3:05 am
When I think of technology I think of electric and gas stoves. When I read articles that just say technology is bad we should stop using it I'm like sorry I like my kitchen to much to go back to the days of wood burning stoves, no running water ect.

If I had to do a project on technology awareness for my 6 grader she would be bring in a report on how technology is grate, after all who wants to wash clothes by hand? Do you want to live in a world that has no freezers? I do not.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 3:19 am
Instead of focusing on "tech is bad", maybe do a unit on critical thinking and decision making skills. By the time these girls are adults, there will be all kinds of new technologies out there for them to deal with. You're better off helping them develop their internal resources - the filter between their ears. Then they can adapt the skills as needed.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 3:42 am
My kids school is having a no chat contest. My kids and I sign a sheet every night saying they didn't use their devices to group chat. At the end of 2 weeks, they are getting some kind of reward
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 3:51 am
amother [ Bisque ] wrote:
I don't think the parents would appreciate pressure from a teacher about this topic.
Most parents want to be the ones to make these kind of decisions.

I disagree. I think often kids don't like listening to their parents, but if it comes from school, and is discussed in class, it has a better effect.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 3:58 am
I would love to see a unit done on internet/chat safety, and critical thinking about information fed to you online. What they do to trick you into engaging and believing. How you can spot problems and make your own decisions.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 4:17 am
Start with the wheel, then move on to the printing press, the cotton gin, and then the gasoline engine.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 6:06 am
Teaching about being safe online-how you don't really know who's at the other end, about not giving out personal information, how fake things really are. You could ask TAG for support. I know where I live they do offer workshops about internet safety (but I'm OOT).
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 7:16 am
My dd’s BY high school does technology awareness projects where they talk about people getting addicted to their phones. They have contests like shutting off your phone after 10 or spending no more than 2 hours a day on your phone. It’s assumed that everyone has filters and isn’t on the internet without supervision so they don’t talk much about the dangers of unfiltered internet. They help the girls have awareness of the dangers of lashon hara spreading so easily with group chats, dangers of oversharing, breaches of tznius, loss of sensitivity and ability to listen to others, fake expectations about beauty and dating caused by instagram and simcha sites, and especially addiction to phones and how it can keep you from growth in ruchnius because every time you’re feeling down you turn to your phone to distract you.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 9:16 am
Penimi has a curriculum, but I'm not sure if only for high school level or also middle school.
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Post Sun, Mar 14 2021, 9:43 am
Does Magen Yeladim have any material on this?

And no time to reread this, but this might be helpful:
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