After a short transition from representing information in Unit 1 to communicating information in Unit 2, students take time to think about their knowledge of the Internet and how it works.



This lesson helps transition between representing digital information in Unit 1 to communicating digital information in Unit 2. The stage is set to understand the different layers of the Internet through the sticky notes activity where students record what they know and don't know about how the Internet works. Students should leave this lesson primed to know more about the Internet.


Getting Started

Prompt: We've learned to represent images, text, and sound digitally - but, we haven't discussed what we do with all this digital data. How do you see people sharing this kind of data in the real world? Who do they want to share it with and why?

Discussion Goal: This discussion can be open-ended and feel like a brainstorm to help setup the transition from Unit 1 into Unit 2. It is important to draw on students' personal experiences with sharing data on the internet, social media websites & apps, and connected devices.

Thinking about this unit as a whole, it is helpful to validate ideas that consider the motivations and consequences of how digital information is shared. These can be important points to return to at the end of the unit when introducing the Internet Dilemma's project.



Prompt: Answer each of these prompts in your journal:

Teaching Tip

Give students 10 minutes to write in their journals. It's ok if there are some awkward silences. We want students to have the time to really think deeply about what they know and don't know.

If students are struggling to come up with things to write down, consider asking the following:

Discuss: Ask a few students to share their answers with the class.

Do This: Direct students to take two sticky notes and choose one response or question to put on each sticky note. Post the sticky notes on a poster in the front of the room to refer back to throughout the unit as questions are answered.

Video: Play "What is the Internet".

Teaching Tip: Use the video to normalize students' misconceptions about how the Internet works. Over the course of the unit, we will work to address those points of confusion.

Wrap Up


Assessment: Check For Understanding

Question: How do you use the Internet? Think about your typical day. When are you using the Internet? For what purposes? What role does it have in your life?

Standards Alignment