I am currently in the process of preparing a programme of lessons for 6th form students focusing on preparing to live in an increasingly digital and technological world. The first part of my planning is to decide on the specific topic areas which merit discussion. Currently my thinking is to include the below:
Basic internet safety
The basics of internet safety including passwords, phishing, etc.
Cyber security and internet safety
Examination of some of the more technical aspects of cyber security including the devices we use at home and the increasing prevalence of the Internet of Things (IoT).
Privacy and public safety
Discussion of the paradox of privacy and online security versus public safety.
Why establishing an online profile might be important and things to consider in developing an online presence.
Disconnecting and the risks of addiction
Managing our technology so it doesn’t become additive and understanding how our technology use might shape our behaviours and habits.
Managing our data
Understanding our data and how it may be stored and used by others and the resulting implications. Also consideration of machine learning and how it can impact on individuals.
Social Media as a collaboration tool
Discussion of how social media can be used for much more than sharing funny cat videos
Discussion of the benefits of google as a source of info along with potential risks.
The Internet of Things
Examination of the internet of things, the potential benefits and risk
Other emerging technologies
Discussion of emerging technologies such as VR and AR
Now the above are just my initial rough ideas for topic areas. Over the coming weeks I hope to flesh them out a little bit further and add some skin to the bones however in the meantime I would appreciate any thoughts or comments on the areas which you think need including.