Introductory Lesson to the Connected Programme

Introductory Lesson to the Connected Programme

This activity can be used as an introduction to the resource, it will help students get an understanding of how the digital world is connected. It explores how social media platforms and other digital technologies influence and shape what young people do online. Students link ideas about the affordances of media (what they can do with media, its versatility and advantages) to their feelings. This starts them thinking about which aspects of digital cultures they want to enjoy and use more often, or to imagine how they would like them to be.  

  • Key Learning for Students

    To understand how social media platforms and other internet sites are interconnected in a complex, networked system, to consider the implications of these systems, and how they influence people’s actions.

  • Learning Outcomes

    DML Short Course: Strand 1: My Digital World. 

    1.1 describe how they use digital technologies, communication tools and the internet in their lives

  • Resources needed

    • Whiteboard
    • Post-It notes
    • SEN Worksheet: Digital Webs

  • Methodologies

    Brainstorm, discussion, think-pair-share, group presentation, reflection/application

  • Embedding digital technologies

    Schools with access to digital devices (e.g. tablets, laptops, phone) can capture students’ responses on relevant discussion activities using a variety of web-based tools (e.g. Mentimeter, Flipgrid, etc). It would also be worthwhile asking students to take a screenshot of relevant tasks completed and save this in their own digital portfolio (folder) as a record of their work throughout the course. Students can demonstrate the digital web by developing a mind-map using free mind-mapping tools available online such as Coogle ( or (

  • Differentiating this lesson

    Dedicated lessons may be needed to explain the concept of a digital web to students with SEN, depending on their needs. 

    A differentiated worksheet (‘a’ version) is provided to assist students who may have slow processing or memory difficulties in figuring out the main points. Students with SEN may have difficulty reading aloud, avoid putting pressure on individual students to read aloud.

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