In this lesson students finish designing an artifact that represents their analysis of an article on the impacts of digitizing information. Students will complete the final two quadrants of their poster in which they identify the benefits and harms highlighted in the article and then make an overall claim about whether the world has been made better or worse through the digitization of information. At the conclusion of the class students update the position of their stickies on the "better" to "worse" spectrum they designed yesterday and then discuss whether and why they changed their opinion.


Students will be able to:


This lesson is a continuation of the major unit project. Students continue to consider broad societal questions about the impacts of computing and the ways it is changing their world.


Getting Started


Teaching Tip

Get to the Activity: The warm-up is short today. Continue on to the activity as soon as possible to give students the maximum amount of time to complete their posters.


Position Posters

Do This: Complete quadrants 3 & 4.


Group: Place students in groups with one representative for each article.

Discuss: Students share their position papers and discuss the articles they read with their groups.

Digital Dilemma Debate


Do This: Students move their sticky notes along the spectrum of worse to better.


Debate: Is our world better or worse because of digital representation?

Discussion Goal

At this point, open the floor for general discussion. Students should state their case for the group position, referencing the articles and sharing from their own experiences.

Do This: Conclude the debate by grouping all sticky notes into a single location on the spectrum to represent the majority position of the class.

Wrap Up


Prompt: Why should we care about information being represented digitally? How does this impact you personally?

Discussion Goal

Allow students time to think and share about the personal implications of digital representation.

Assessment: Submit

Students turn in both of the pieces of their project for assessment:

Standards Alignment