8th grade tech balance

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Hi guys!

This unit, we’re going to be looking at the influence of technology and media on our personal and family health. After reflecting in your journal, here are the resources you’ll need!

  1. Brainstorm in your group on the chart paper. What is the impact of technology and media on our health and wellness? Make two columns- one for the opportunities and one for the challenges.
  2. Read the article: Fortnite Debate
  3. Formulate your thought on the issue and decide which side you stand on for our debate.
  4. Watch the TED Talk: The game that can give you ten extra years of life.

Day 2: Digital Footprint

Read Will Your Posts Come Back to Haunt You?Digital Rep NovDec_2017

Do: Digital_Footprint_Activity

Health Sites Web Quest

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Hey 6th graders!

Did you know that online health searches are now the third most popular activity on the web? While googling information about our health can  be helpful, sometimes it can give us misinformation as well.

Read the following article from Choices: Will You Fall for Fake News?

After reading all of the ways you can identify useful valid websites, you’re going to come up with a puberty or health related question of your own and search for a valid source for the answer. Once you’ve found a good site- and checked it with me!- you’ll add the site you found to our class discussion so everyone else can have access to it as well.

Use the Google Doc on Unified Classroom and follow the directions.

Many of you will want to talk about KidsHealth.org. It’s the best website with online health information for kids, so use it as a resource, and then test your site’s information against it. That way you become familiar with Kids Health while finding another resource to add to your arsenal. There are a ton of great resources out there.

Some useful, kid-friendly sites to check out:

BAM! Body and Mind from the CDC

It’s My Life from PBS Kids

Brain Pop Health

Have fun and happy hunting!