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Limit assignments to a few specific topics.Assign particular features, like "compare and contrast" or personal observation.Insist that students use both online and offline resources.Combine writing assignments with other related tasks; for example, ask students to keep a journal of the writing process in which they discuss their research, explore the topic and thesis, and even discuss any challenges they faced while completing the assignment.Set a schedule whereby students submit an outline, the introduction, portions of the text, research
Level: Grades 7 to 9
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Students will consider the use of the Internet as a research tool and learn how to use search engines more effectively. They then apply these new found skills to investigating popular myths about sexuality and contraception. Finally, they consider three websites they have used in the course of their research and evaluate them as sources of information.
In a hashtag, darkly: How #Ottawapiskat turned the tables on media coverage of native issues
CopyrightThe right of an owner of intellectual property to control how that property is copied, altered, sold, etc. In most countries today copyright does not have to be registered, but the property must be (largely) finished – ideas cannot be copyrighted.
What we usually mean by property – physical things which we own – is called real property to distinguish it from intellectual property. Real property – things that actually exist, like cars and sandwiches – is easy enough to understand, and we’re mostly familiar with the ways its ownership can be transferred: it can be sold outright, sold in part, rented or leased (you wouldn’t want to rent a sandwich, but legally there’s no reason why you couldn’t.) Intellectual property, on the other hand, is more complicated.
Level: Grades 5 and 6
Author: Emmanuelle Erny-Newton, Media Education Specialist, MediaSmarts
Production of this lesson has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Government of Canada
Duration: One hour per activity
CIRA and MediaSmarts have partnered on a series of five tip sheets to educate Canadians about online security issues. The 5th tip sheet in the series, Socializing and Interacting Online, looks at negative issues that can come up when interacting with others through networked technologies including phishing scams and hoaxes, and strategies for dealing with them.
This tutorial aims to teach students essential digital literacy skills through simulating their favourite online experiences. The tutorial is divided into four chapters, each of which focuses on a particular aspect of digital literacy: researching and authenticating online information, managing privacy and reputation, dealing with online relationships and using digital media in an ethical manner.
Young children are vulnerable to marketing messages as research has shown that children under age six simply don't understand the idea of advertising, and by the time they have developed the capability to recognize marketing messages they will already be accustomed to a world made up of mascots and logos.
Like all advertisers, marketers need to go to where their audience is and to this end the Internet has been a godsend because it brings their audience to them.