Lesson Plan for Teachers

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LANGUAGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Kids should know what's what before they venture into cyberspace. Learning technical lingo is essential at all levels of computer skills. For beginners, knowing the difference between the monitor and hard drive is akin to learning the fundamentals of driving an automobile. The numbers of words that describe the technologies will continue to grow as long as there is cyberspace. As in teaching any language, the instructor must be familiar and up-to-date with it.

Learning the lingo is a challenging, rewarding exercise. Teaching the words, symbols, acronyms and emoticons provides a framework in which teachers can lead class discussions on the various functions of computers and Internet. Understanding the meaning of new words raises students' awareness and appreciation of the role they play in keeping the electronic world a safe, valuable and enjoyable destination.

As a teaching and resource guide, we recommend the following link: http://www.netlingo.com/inframes.html
Net Lingo provides an on-line dictionary, hundreds of words with simple-to-understand definitions gathered from a variety of sources. Many entries are standard, widely used terms that are indexed and further defined with suggested links and related sources. The definitions are practical, useful, and written in a style that is easy to comprehend. As they learn the lingo, students will realize that the Internet is special. Teaching the lingo should convey the basics about the Internet, about how it works and especially the personal responsibility of using it - without overwhelming students by intricate technical aspects. http://www.cyberangels.org/
Kids use it without understanding the technology. Teaching them to be responsible users of the technology that enables them to communicate, create and explore protects their rights and the rights of others.

Most kids don't care much about the technical aspects. They view the monitor and TV screen similarly. The difference is the interaction. Even a near-beginner can accomplish the processes of chat, email, and creating a personal web page with just the basics of what's-what lingo - without technical expertise. Putting the skills to good use is what counts.

SUGGESTED TOPICS/QUESTIONS FOR DISCUSSION:
1) What's the difference between Internet, Web and Cyberspace?
2) Is it "Internet" or "internet"?
3) Who are the best CyberSpacers?
http://www.cyberspacers.com/quiz

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