Unit 1 | Session 4

Session length and engagement with your online classmates depends on YOU, so proceed to the next session whenever you’re ready. Remember that your peers await your contributions. Help them learn with you and from you!

Session 4 PART 1:

Discuss the memes. How has “Hanging out” changed? For better or worse?

See the STUDENT GUIDE section for helpful tips on how to start your responses when you agree, and especially when you disagree.

Your teacher may assign further practice of this skill in light of the “hanging out” you’ll be doing while collaborating with peers from other schools.



In groups of 3-5 (try to include 1 from each school)  collaborate on a choice of infographic or another media/visual to answer the question:

To what extent is innovative technology beneficial for the world? When, if at all, should it be curbed or stopped? (do not simply state the obvious “this is new technology” – really dig into the extent of the benefits and evaluate their effects/impact/implications for the future)

ToK link — Economics, Business & Management, Political Studies, Psychology. Ponder these questions: “How do we know that this new technology is innovative? How do we know that this new technology is beneficial? To whom is it beneficial?”

Remember to divide up the project into smaller tasks fairly equally, but keep in mind prior knowledge and individual skill sets.

  1. Use the short stories, memes, readings, and research a few additional articles to gather more information.
  2. Collaborate on the project synchronously (online at the same time) or asynchronously (offline). Figure out how to do this! To enable a REAL TIME DISCUSSION, you’ll need to agree to download and use Google doc chat (simplest), or apps like Zoom, WhatsApp, or Discord (great for both chat and voice chat) and agree on a DAY/TIME suitable for all or most. 
  3. Negotiate how to present your answer in a visual: GOOGLE SLIDES, INFOGRAPHIC (use a website suggested below, or use a reformatted Google slide) or another visual medium.
  4. Present your answer by sharing the link in Session 6.