Part of Lesson Plan: General Computer Safety Lesson
Activity Overview / Details
Break students into groups of 2 - 3 (3 is better if you can). Ideas to break up students into groups: numbering them off, letting them pick their own groups, having them line up by birthdate and then teacher pairs them up.
Have paper and pencil or pen for each group. Have students sit with their group. Once seated, tell the group that on the count of three, everyone in the group will point to the person in their group that will be the recorder. Count 1-2-3 and whoever has the most fingers pointed at them in their group is the recorder. If there is a tie, have them do rock-paper-scissors to decide. The class then has to write down as many things as they remember that was discussed about safety. Each person must say at least one thing, but they should try and come up with as many as they can. I give 5 minutes to do this, and I watch the clock, giving warnings when there is one minute left and thirty seconds left. Teacher goes from group to group listening in and helping to prompt if there is no discussion going on. If the students are really actively discussing, I may let the time go on a minute or two more, if they groups finish quickly, I may reduce the time, be flexible with each class and their ability levels.
At time, the groups will share out. Each recorder will stand and read their list of safety rules and tips and the teacher writes them on the board. Write all ideas, even if they overlap or don't exactly pertain to what was previously discussed. After all groups have shared, give students a minute or two to read the board and ask them to think about which ones go together. Use a different colored marker to indicate which ones go together, for example, write "Internet Safety" in blue and then circle (with input from students) all the ones that go with that topic in blue. Anything that doesn't fit in, explain why it doesn't fit in class discussion. For example, a student might say "always drive the speed limit" and the teacher could respond, "that's a good safety tip for driving and luckily computers dont' have a speed limit, we always want them to go faster!"