Teacher Lee Briggs on technology in today's classroom. Brought to you by Weekly Reader.

I am always looking for good places to get lesson plan ideas. Bookmarking useful sites is usually not enough. If I really like them, I add their RSS feed to my list of blogs, that way, every morning I get an update of all these great ideas generated from teachers and other professionals around the world.

On great resource that I added this morning was The New York Times’ Learning Network Blog. Every day the Old Grey Lady gives me a new lesson plan. Most of them are small, prompt-like ideas that I can use as either a warm-up or delve deeper and create a larger lesson. They tend to be lessons that take full advantage of the day’s news and acknowledge the latest technology being used by middle and high school students, their main audience.

For example, the lesson I plan on using today asks:

A recent article described the “intimate custom” of teenage couples expressing affection for each other by sharing their passwords to e-mail, Facebook and other accounts. Have you ever shared your passwords with someone else? What do you think of the practice in general? Do you know any stories of password-sharing gone awry?

As a technology teacher who is about to introduce his sixth grade students to the concept of email, this is fantastic lesson prompt and introduction to the need to safely secure an online identity.


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