Reflection: Real World Applications Connecting to Fahrenheit 451 by Discussing Technology in Our Lives - Section 3: Discussion


The conversation today started slowly, mostly because the first statement, "Facebook makes us lonely," doesn't even resonate with teenagers anymore. Those who have a facebook account use it only to exchange photos with family who live far, but most don't even have an account. In their words, "it's for old people." I tried to have the same conversation about the effects of Twitter and Snapchat, the forms of social media they use most often, but they don't seem to have the same format. As far as I can tell, teenagers use Snapchat for selfies and Twitter to stream nonsense messages that berate teachers and inform the general population what they ate for lunch. Is that analysis too cynical? Possibly. But I don't think it's too far off.


I don't think social media is a bad thing, but it can be used in so many "bad" ways and students can get lost in this digital world. It's important to talk about the effects of technology, both good and bad, but I was not prepared today to talk about Twitter or Snapchat. I don't know them that well, probably because I can't figure out why to use them, but it might be something I have to make some for, just so that I can approach the conversation with students from a fair perspective.

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Connecting to Fahrenheit 451 by Discussing Technology in Our Lives

Unit 9: Fahrenheit 451: The Hearth and the Salamander
Lesson 1 of 10

Objective: SWBAT respond thoughtfully to diverse perspectives, summarize points of agreement and disagreement, and, when warranted, qualify their own point of view and make new connections in light of the evidence and reasoning presented by discussing general statements about technology and our dependence on it.

Big Idea: Can you live without your smartphone or computer?

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