Alternative Activities for Marking Period 4

All activities should be typed on Word and posted to the Drop folder when completed.

Current Event 1

Web 2.0 WebQuest

Directions: Record your work for the following three parts of the Web 2.0 Quest on a Word document.

Quest Part 1: Use your researching skills to define the following common Web 2.0 terms.

  • RSS (Feeds and Readers)
  • Tagging
  • Social Bookmarking
  • Blogs
  • Microblogs
  • Wikis
  • Podcasts

Quest Part 2: Explore the following Web 2.0 applications and briefly summarize the user functions (i.e. how each can be used be those who register for the service.)

Remember, you will have to spend some time interacting with this applications in order to learn how they are used. Make sure you review product demos, click on the Learn More/About/Tutorial links, and always experiment with Sandbox demos.

Quest Part 3: Now that you have gained an understanding of the terminology associated with Web 2.0 and have explored some popular Web 2.0 applications, you will construct a comprehensive understanding of Web 2.0. Respond to the following prompt in 2-3 paragraphs:
  • Explain how the Internet has evolved into a read/write creation platform that is popularly referred to as Web 2.0. What does Web 2.0 look like? How are Internet users interacting differently with others online as a result of the functionality of Web 2.0? How might you use some of the Web 2.0 applications highlighted in this Quest for learning?

Current Event 2

Future of Work

Complete the Future of Work activity. Visit the Future of Work wiki page for full instructions. You will post your responses to parts 1 and 2 on a Word document.

Power of Being Clickable

Power of Being Clickable Directions:

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) more than half of all employers use some kind of online screening technology including social networking sites like FaceBook and MySpace. It is essential that you know how your online footprint might impact your future.


Part 1: Read this background to gain some context:

(Note: Background is from "Little Freddie's Two Faced Future" on the TechLearning blog)

Chris Lyle, of Ocean Springs High School recently won a $10,000 scholarship by:

"upload[ing] a video to the Champs Sports group on as part of the nationwide "Are you a Champs Sports Champion?" contest this past November. The challenge asked contestants to show why they're a Champion on the field, in the classroom or in their community."

Chris is a football player, a member of the Spanish Club, a member of Future Business Leaders of America, medical volunteer at a local hospital and also the first black student at his school to be elected as senior class President. However, it was his video uploaded on Facebook that earned him the scholarship.

There is a rapid proliferation of scholarships being offered via youtube (check out the hear me scholarship contest) facebook , and myspace! And with more scholarships opening up live voting (see the $10,000 live College Toolkit scholarship), that facebook or myspace network could come in handy for your students! More scholarships are allowing audio essays or videos (California's Save Me a Spot in College Scholarship.)

Students need their network and need an easy way to communicate with that network. Students can reap the benefit from being networked with many opportunities emerging daily from a society hungry for leaders who understand this perplexing new medium.

Freelancing is on the rise with 31% of businesses expecting to have a relationship with freelancers in 2008 in one survey. Sites like are on the rise, as well as the use of trade associations and other organizations to find work and new employment opportunities. Linked In has more than 17 million professionals who have joined and it is rapidly become a place to find employment, freelance work, and ask questions of a professional network of your associates and friends.

With some companies advocating Facebook Fridays and other companies requiring blogging, knowing how to network and communicate online is an essential skill with many of today's famous authors, movie stars, and rock stars boasting prolifically viral networks via Facebook and myspace.

Miss New Jersey was forced to share her public pictures on the Today show when one of her "friends" copied them and threatened to blackmail her and mail them to the news outlets.

Wall Street Journal's college edition advises students to "Clean up their Facebook" accounts. Inappropriate photos are coming back to "haunt" people now. Imagine in 20 years when someone is running for president if he or she has to account for every photo taken in college!

Part 2: Read the following articles.

Part 3: on a Word document . . .

1. Summarize the major points of the articles and background reading (this can be a bulleted list and should be representative of both the background reading and the two articles)
2. Explain in a solid paragraph the impact of this information on your future. (This paragraph could include both positive and negative consequences of being clickable.)
3. Then, offer a list of suggestions to people who are currently seeking jobs or applying for college.

Current Event 3

Copyright and Fair Use Media WebQuest

Complete the Copyright and Fair Use Webquest.

You can access the link for the Webquest as well as helpful suggestions and resources on the Copyright Information page of the wiki.

Copyright and Fair Use Recommendation Guide

Copyright and Fair Use Recommendation Guide Directions:

Task: You have been charged with the task of educating the teachers of Central Bucks about the appropriate use of copyrighted material in their class instruction and student assignments. You must write a 3-paragraph posting in which you:
  • define copyright restrictions and explain the exclusive rights guaranteed to copyright holders
  • explain the four factors that must be considered when determining if the use of a copyrighted work is protected by the fair use provisions of the federal Copyright Act
  • offer bulleted recommendations for teachers (which could be phrased as critical questions) that should be considered when teachers are debating the use of copyrighted material - these recommendations could include suggestions for using Creative Commons, explaining the difference between works that are copyrighted and those in the public domain, etc. (these suggestions should be based on the concerned contained in the required background reading)

Required Background Reading: You must gain an understanding of the ongoing controversy surrounding the fair use of copyrighted material in educational settings. Read the eSchool News article, Fair Use Confusion Threatens Media Literacy. The article will explain the highly controversial and much debated issue of copyright and fair use in education today. You must reference the specific concerns voiced by educators in the article.

Background information - Don't forget that the Copyright Information page of our wiki contains a wealth of research and resources.

Online Safety Survival Guide

Online Safety Survival Guide Directions:

After viewing the Internet Safety video in class and researching online safety and privacy issues, create a Online Safety Survival Guide aimed at elementary students who are just starting to use the Internet.
  • Research Requirements (At a minimum, your posting must include and reference information from the following four websites. You may gather more information from the other sites included on the Online Safety wiki page.)
  • Content Requirements of the Survival Guide that you will post on a Word document are:
    • Detailed description of some of the common dangers existing on the Internet (i.e. personal identity, physical safety, bullying, etc.) - what should newcomers to the Internet be aware of and watch out for?
    • "Do and Don't" list of at least 7 items in each category that students should do and should not do in order to protect themselves and their personal identity online
    • A recommendation guide for parents to inform them of specific actions they can take to assure the safety of their children who are online.

Cyberbullying Quest

Cyberbullying Quest Directions:

  • Create a posting on a Word document that addresses the following questions with specific details from the research. (In other words, you must actually read through the information posted on the Online Safety wiki page, including the links to outside resources. You must reference with parenthetical citation or hyperlinks those resources you used to craft yourresponses to the questions.)

  • Questions to answer in your response:
    • What is cyberbullying and how is it similar to and different from traditional bullying?
    • What are some examples of cyberbullying and how does it negatively impact both the victim and the bully?
    • What steps can be taken to protect oneself against cyberbullying?
    • What can YOU do to demonstrate good digital citizenship (a.k.a. netiquette)? (i.e. What specific behaviors will you practice to be a model online citizen?)