Managing Online Information Lesson Plan for Key Stage 2 (Age 7-11)

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About The Lesson Plan

As described in the UKCCIS ‘Education for a Connected World’ framework, this unit “explores how online information is found, viewed and interpreted. It offers strategies for effective searching, critical evaluation and ethical publishing.”

Learning Objectives

• I can use key phrases in search engines.

• I can explain what autocomplete is and how to choose the best suggestion.

• I can explain how the internet can be used to buy and sell things.

• I can explain the difference between a ‘belief’, an ‘opinion’ and a ‘fact’.

• I can analyse information and differentiate between ‘opinions’, ‘beliefs’ and ‘facts’. I understand what criteria have to be met before something is a ‘fact’.

• I can describe how I can search for information within a wide group of technologies (e.g. social media, image sites, video sites).

• I can describe some of the methods used to encourage people to buy things online (e.g. advertising offers, in-app purchases, pop ups) and recognise some of these when they appear online.

• I can explain that some people I ‘meet online’ (e.g. through social media) may be computer programs pretending to be real people.

• I can explain why lots of people sharing the same opinions or beliefs online does not make these opinions or beliefs true.

• I can use different search technologies.

• I can evaluate digital content and explain how I make choices from search results.

• I can explain key concepts including; data, information, fact, opinion, belief, true, false, valid, reliable and evidence.

• I understand the difference between online mis-information (inaccurate information distributed by accident) and dis-information (inaccurate information deliberately distributed and intended to mislead).

• I can explain what is meant by ‘being skeptical’. I can give examples of what and why it is important to be ‘skeptical’.

• I can explain what is meant by ‘hoax’. I can explain why I need to think carefully before I forward anything online.

• I can explain why some information I find online may not be honest, accurate or legal.

• I can explain why information that is on a large number of sites may still be inaccurate or untrue. I can assess how this might happen (e.g. the sharing of misinformation either by accident or on purpose).

• I can use search technologies effectively.

• I can explain how search engines work and how results are selected and ranked.

• I can demonstrate the strategies I would apply to be discerning in evaluating digital content.

• I can describe how some online information can be opinion and can offer examples.

• I can explain how and why some people may present ‘opinions’ as ‘facts’.

• I can define the terms ‘influence’, ‘manipulation’ and ‘persuasion’ and explain how I might encounter these online (e.g. advertising and ‘ad targeting’).

• I can demonstrate strategies to enable me to analyse and evaluate the validity of ‘facts’ and I can explain why using these strategies are important.

• I can identify, flag and report inappropriate content.

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Managing Online Information Lesson Plan for Key Stage 2

This topic helps students understand how online information is found, viewed and interpreted.

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