I can’t live without you!
- Tell your students to think about 3 different things they can’t imagine living without. Discuss what the reasons are behind their choices.
- After discussed students’ opinions in the group, raise the following provocative issues:
- Could you imagine living without money?
- What about living without the Internet?
- Ask students to elaborate on these matters in smaller groups.
- Put the following expression on the board:
- On the right side of the board put the word advantages, on the left side put disadvantages.
- Ask students to collect words, chunks of words that come to their minds whenever they hear the above expression, thinking about the advantages and the disadvantages of it as well.
- Check students’ understanding of the following key vocabulary: multitasking, word of mouth, do something on one’s own free will, procrastinate, dependent on electronic communication, feel disconnected, lonesome, have the craving for something, drain a lot of time away from somebody
- Ask students about a typical context for these vocabulary items.
Create the narrative of the documentary together in the group: everybody in the group has to say one advantage or a disadvantage of the experiment formulated in the clip. If the teachers starts with an advantage, the first student needs to say a disadvantage, then the second student recalls an advantage and so on. Try to make students focus on what was in fact uttered in the video.
- Somebody liked the idea of the experiment, because……
- It seemed not to be doable for some in the clip, because…….
- According to a participant, one of the greatest outcomes of the experiment could be that……
- Social networking is incredibly useful according to a student, because……. so he/she did not think the experiment made much sense.
Ask for students’ habits!
- What are some of your most preferred social network sites?
- How many times do you check your email account or your Facebook a day?
- How much time do you spend a day checking your Facebook wall?
- Do you automatically open your social network/email accounts whenever switching on the computer? Why/Why not?
- Has it ever happened to you that you could not check any of your accounts? How did you react to this condition?
- What do you think of the statement?
- Divide the group in two smaller groups and facilitate a debate, with one group thinking that the statement is true, the other arguing why it is false.
Let’s Log Out, shall we?
Try the experiment in the group: how long can students live without Facebook?
Read about Paul Miller’s experiences, who decided to have a break from modern life, so he went offline for an entire year!
This eLesson was created by Orsolya Nagy (Hungary). She is a teacher trainee at ELTE University in Hungary. She has also studied at a liberal arts college in the US, focusing on Educational Studies. There she worked as an academic mentor in a middle school and this experience helped shape her major fields of academic interest, which includes teaching culture and dealing with cultural diversity in the classroom.