Is Technology Taking Over?


So far this week we have been talking a lot about the different uses of technology. From the powerful article we read on Monday entitled "Special "texters" Lane in China Draws Attention To Worldwide Cell Phone Addiction", we did some fun activities and discussed the challenges associated with having our technology always around us and accessible. 

In Tuesdays class we got into discussing the history of technology, and looked at some communities in the past that didnt have the same access to technology as we do today, and their alternative forms of communication without such immediate gratification to communication.

On Wednesday we spoke to the morality and eithics associated with technology and we asked some important questions regarding how we know technology has gone too far, and what we can do to ensure we are always benefiting from our technology and not abusing it. 

Today we will be taking all of the information we have learned, learning tons more, and preparing for a classroom debate we will have in class tomorrow. 

Some of the questions we will be looking for answers to are:

1. What are the benefits of the use of technology?

2. What are the harms of the use of technology?

3. Is there a limit that should be placed on the use of technology?

4. How can we make sure we are benefiting from technology and not abusing it?


Your task is to follow the links and find out more about technology.

Through this journey you will be asked reflection questions you will want to think of as a group.

Remember to take some point form notes as tomorrows debate might just warrant some of your well thought out responses. You will be provided with a Debaters notebook to keep track of your research. 

Grade 6 Debate Notes

My side of the debate is:

  1. For the importance and use of technology
  2. Against the importance and use of technology


My points

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Step 1

a. In case you didnt get a chance on monday, Here is a link to the article we read which opened the discussion of this topic:…

b. Watch this spoken word poem about the challenges associated with technology: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="//" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

c. Watch this short video about the importance of technology in the classroom:

Step 2

Are you warmed up? Good becasue that was just to get us started. Read the articles below and dont forget to make notes as you go along in your debaters booklet 








This is what you will be assessed on today:

1. Throuout activity, teachers will roam about the room making recorded notes regarding students progress, teamwork, and critical thinking. 

2. After the debates tomorrow, all students will submit their 'debaters notebook' and will be assessed for completion, critical notes, and relevance to both articles, experiences, and opinions. 

3. At the end of the period, students will write a reflection exit card regarding their experience researching, and what they have learned. 


 Photo on Introduction page

Dolasia, Meera. "Special "texters" Lane in China Draws Attention To Worldwide Cell Phone Addiction""DogoNews. Dogomedia, 20 Sept. 2014. Web. 15 Dec. 2014. <…;.


Teacher Page

This activity is meant to improve students researching skills. They will be directed to research both sides of a contemporary technological debate, in order to prepare for their debate the next day. Below is a list of what is expected for these students to be able to accomplish throughout this activity.

Media Literacy

Overall Expectations:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of a variety of media texts.

Specific Expectations:

1.4 Explain why different audiences might have different responses to media texts.

1.5 Identify whose point of view is presented in a media text, identify missing or alternative points of view, and, where appropriate, determine whether the chosen biew achieves a particular goal.


Overall Expectations:

1. Read and demonstrate an understanding of a variety of literary graphic, and informational texts, using a range of strategies to construct meaning. 

Specific Expectations:

1.6 Extend understandng of texts by connecting, comparing, and contrasting the ideas in them to their own knowledge, experience, and insights, to other familiar texts, and to the world around them. 

1.8 Make judgements and draw conclusions about ideas in texts and cite stated or implied evidence from the text to support their views.

1.9 Identify the point of viewpresented in texts; determine whether they can agree with the view, in whoole or in part; and suggest some other possible presepectives.