Communication and Community

pink box new. --MF, 12/21/17

In this lab, you will consider the impacts of technology on how we build community.

On this page, you will consider how technology is used to communicate and how it can impact community.

Which EKs?
EK 7.1.1C Social media continues to evolve and fosters new ways to communicate.
EK 7.1.1E Widespread access to information facilitates the identification of problems, development of solutions, and dissemination of results.
EK 7.1.1N The Internet and the Web have changed many areas, including e-commerce, health care, access to information and entertainment, and online learning.
EK 7.4.1A The innovation and impact of social media and online access varies in different countries and in different socioeconomic groups.
EK 7.4.1B Mobile, wireless, and networked computing have an impact on innovation throughout the world.
EK 7.4.1C The global distribution of computing resources raises issues of equity, access, and power.
EK 7.4.1D Groups and individuals are affected by the "digital divide" — differing access to computing and the Internet based on socioeconomic or geographic characteristics.
(The digital divide ones (7.4.1) need support in the TG, to make sure these issues come out in the FYTD 6 discussion.)
  1. What are some different ways we use technology to communicate? Generate a list as a class.
  2. Remember to cite your sources.
  3. Choose one means of communication (such as cell phone call, SMS, Facebook, Skype, Twitter, etc.) and use the Internet to figure out what you can about how that technology works.
  4. Find a way to communicate over the Internet that didn't exist three years ago.
  5. Identify a social problem that has been solved using Internet communication, somewhere other than the United States. (You may find the articles by NYU Prof. Clay Shirky helpful.)
  6. For small group discussion: What are the good and bad points about having the BJC lessons online, compared with a paper textbook?
Check out Teaching Privacy, a site about protecting yourself from giving away private information through social media.
  1. Make a short video explaining what you learned about how one of these ways of communicating works.
  1. Four Corners (class activity). Do you "strongly agree," "agree," "disagree," or "strongly disagree" with each of the following statements?
    • Computers are isolating. (That is, they cause us to spend less time with other people.)
    • Computers are democratizing. (That is, they give more political power to ordinary people.)
    You will choose a viewpoint, then present your reasons for taking that view.