February 12

Post 11: Opinion Polls


What are Opinion Polls and Surveys?

An activity in which many people are asked the same questions in order to find out what most people think about something.

Assignment:  You are going to create an opinion poll for the students in this class.

  1. First you need to think of an opinion question that  will have three options.

For example, what is the best shoe brand?

2.  Then find pics of your three options on google and save to your folder.

So you may save pics of Nike, New Balance, and Converse.

3.  Go to google forms

4.  Share a link to your survey to me through google jennifer.frankling@southredford.org


Here is an example of what I want


February 11

Post 10: Fake News vs Opinion Journalism

As you watch this video on Fake News, answer the questions on your blog.

Fake News

  1.  What dominated the 2016 election?

2.  What is the huge business in Velice, Macedonia?

3.  What is the Fake News next target?

4.  Describe the city.  Does it look rich or “paved in gold?”

5.  What does the mayor say is a way to make some quick money?

6.  What is “click bait”?  What does it mean to click and then share?

7.  When the reporter talks to a fake news creator, where does he say he gets his news?

8.  What do you think when he says, “I paraphrase”?

9.  How do website owners get money?  What happens when someone opens their “stories”?

10.  How are google and facebook responding to the fake news problem?

11.  How do they get around the facebook blocks?  How do they get facebook accounts?

12.  Miguel is a “pioneer of fake news” his words.  What is his primary goal right now?  What is he getting ready for?

13.  In one day, how much does he make?

14.  What does he think makes a story clickable?

15.  Why does he not care if it is true?

16.  Is he proud of his job?

17.  How is it a huge business?  How are lots of people involved even Americans?

18.  In the bar scene, it shows a digital gold rush.  How can you tell money is being made.

19.  What does the mayor say about the morality of fake news?

20.  Why would the CNN reporter ask if someone is influencing the fake news reporters to affect the 2020 election?

21.  How are Americans to blame for this?  What keeps these fake news sites in business?

22.  What do you think it means to think before you click and definitely think before you share!


Really???  Oh no!

February 7

Post 9: Fake News

Sometimes news is not opinion it is just Fake news.  Journalism you don’t like: Just because you don’t like what the author says, that doesn’t make it fake news.

Image result for fake news trumpImage result for abe lincoln 99 percent of what is found on internet


  1.  Real or fake?

Check out this video 


ImageA picture of malformed daisies uploaded to Twitter from Japan went viral, causing many people to speculate that radiation from the damaged Fukushima nuclear power plant, which was rocked by a 2011 tsunami is to blame for the oddity.

2.   Would you have believed the photo was real if you saw it on social media?

3.  How do you primarily get your news? (social media/online media sites/cable news /newspaper /other)

4.  How often do you watch/read/listen to the news? __

5.  Do you think it’s important to pay attention to the news why or why not?

6.   How do you know if what you read/hear/listen to in the news is trustworthy?


Let’s see if you can find out if something is real or fake.

Were This Fawn and Bobcat Found Huddled 7.  Together After a California Wildfire?

Natural disasters do sometimes make for strange bedfellows.

8.  Is this a real image of a bedazzled pigeon?


9.  A baby born in California was named heart eyes emoji, heart eyes emoji, heart eyes emoji Reiner.



12.  IHOP faked a name change to IHOB last month as a publicity stunt.


13.  Look these up at snopes.com.  Are these fact or fiction?

  • Coca ­cola used to contain cocaine.
  • Poppy seeds on bagels & muffins can result in positive drug tests.
  • The Great Wall of China is the only man ­made object visible from the moon.
  • Barack Obama was a black panther
  • Is Taco Bell closing?
  • Will Entering Your PIN in Reverse at an ATM Summon the Police?



February 6

Post 8: Opinion Writing (OP ED)

An op-ed is an opinionated editorial essay. Content can range from anything as specific as your high school’s dress code policy to something as large-scale and controversial as the death penalty, as long as it is current and merits some debate. An op-ed picks one side of the issue and makes a clear and concrete argument in its favor.

You are going to read an Op-ed piece and then give your opinion on the topic.

  1. Should facial recognition be used in schools? If so, why? If not, what limits should be placed on its use?

  2. Have you ever used any kind of facial recognition technology — say, to verify your identity at the airport, unlock your smartphone, sort and tag photos online, or anything else?

  3. What are some of the potential benefits of schools using facial recognition technology? Robert LiPuma, the Lockport City School District’s director of technology, believes that if the technology had been in place, the school shooting in Parkland, Fla., may never have happened. Do you agree?

  4. What are the potential dangers of facial recognition in schools? Jim Shultz, a parent, argues that the Lockport City School District’s decision to use facial recognition has “turned our kids into lab rats in a high-tech experiment in privacy invasion.” How persuasive are his arguments against the district’s decision?

  5. Studies have shown that some of the most popular surveillance systems exhibited bias, falsely identifying African-American and Asian faces 10 to 100 times more than Caucasian faces and exhibiting a higher rate of mistaken matches among children. How worried should we be about bias and what Jason Nance calls the unintended consequences of facial recognition in schools?

  6. How safe do you feel in your school? What safety procedures are currently in place?

  7. “We all want to keep our children safe in school, but there are more effective, proven ways to do so that are less costly.”  School districts could, for instance, take smaller steps like upgrading entrances and exits, hiring school resource officers, and investing in counselors and social workers.

Do you agree? If yes, what safety alternatives would you propose for your school?

8.  Finally, would you recommend that your school use facial recognition technology? If it were used in your school, do you think you would feel safer? Why or why not?


February 4

Post 7 Opinion vs Facts

In post 6, you chose your favorites.  That was using your OPINION

Let’s play this Kahoot

That was all about your opinion too!


  • A fact is considered something proven to be true.
  • An opinion is a personal belief that is not founded on proof or certainty.

Take this quiz

Can you tell the difference between facts and opinions?


1.  Your Opinion

— Should teenagers legally be allowed to get tattoos and piercings?

— Who should decide whether you get a tattoo or piercing — you or your parents?

— If you decide to get a tattoo or piercing, what should you take into consideration before doing so?

2.  Here is the deal.  I do not care what your opinion is but I want you to be able to explain why you have that opinion.

Let’s give it a go here by first, telling me your opinion and then EXPLAIN why it is your opinion


February 2

Post 6: My Favorites

First step:  Fill out your favorite for each category.

Step Two:  go to https://pixlr.com/express/

  • Click on Collage
  • Click on Layout
  • Choose the layout with 25 boxes
  • Choose a color for background
  • Choose text and type “These are a few of my favorite things”
  • Feel free to use borders, effects, and stickers
meal of the day
kind of pie
pizza topping
ice cream flavor
flavor potato chip
Candy bar
condiment (ketchup, mustard, etc.)
nationality of food (chinese, italian, etc.)
Koolaid flavor
Thanksgiving food
way to eat a potato
time to get up
place to shop
time of day
day of week
brand of toothpaste
brand of shampoo
place to be
subject in school
article of clothing
item you own
type of weather
genre of music
radio station
party music
romantic music
music to listen to when you’re sad
music to listen to when you’re angry
TV channel
genre of movie
place to go to the movies
people to see a movie with
pair of shoes
thing that makes you smile
family member
room in your house
place to be alone
online friend
online game
IM/chat phrase
search engine
type of car
state in the US
place to vacation
childhood toy
childhood memory
childhood friend
food as a kid
way to annoy your parents
way to get what you wanted
January 31

Post 5: Kony Movement


An example of using social media for good.  

Compare the number of  facebook users to people on the planet 200 years ago


Who is Jacob?  Where is he?


What happened to Jacob’s brother?


What would young Uganda children  rather do than stay on earth?


What is the promise made to Jacob?


Who is the LRA?  Who is the leader?  Who is the bad guy?


Why is he bad?


How many children has he stolen so far?


Who is number one on the war crimes list?

99 percent of people on Earth do not know what?


Why did the U.S. not get involved?


Explain, “Where you live should not determine if you live.”


How does the movement make a difference?


Why do you think politicians began to speak up?


What does Barack Obama say in October 2011?


Why does Kony change tactics?


In order for people to care, what must be done?


What does make him famous mean?


What happened in April of 2012?


How can the facebook world help?


January 29

Post 4: Social Media’s affect on what we buy and how we are viewed

  • The Old Spice campaign has proven to be one of the most memorable creative marketing and advertising concepts ever executed.

The Old Spice Campaign Facts and Figures

Here are some of the numbers that were the result of the continuous marketing campaign.

  • The number one most viewed sponsored channel on YouTube
  • 236 million YouTube Views
  • 80,000 Twitter followers in 2 days
  • Facebook Interaction increased 800% with the personalized videos (Fans now total over 1.5 million)
  • Sales figures increased by 107 %


  1.  Would the campaign convince you to use OLD SPICE if you were a man?

2.  Are you affected at all by what you buy when you see what others post about it on social media? Explain.








3.  New Story  So did you want to try a Popeyes Chicken Sandwich after the twitter feud with Chick fil a?

4.  How do you market yourself?  If you are on social media, what would colleges or future employers think about you?

5. 68% of admissions officers say that viewing a prospective student’s social media pages is “fair game.” The profiles are public, after all, and reviewing social media can reveal just who that student is.   In fact, what students post on social media can greatly affect not only acceptance odds, but they can get acceptances revoked if unsuitable and offensive material is found.  Do you think this is fair?

6.  What do you find if you google Jennifer Frankling?

7.  Now google yourself.  Find anything?

Part 2:  Market yourself with the about me page

January 28

Post 3: How does Social Media affect life both on and off line?

Let’s play Kahoot.  Get your phones out or play online.  https://play.kahoot.it/#/?quizId=9ae1971e-5d75-4345-8535-046e06dec837&playId=88a393ac-80b3-43fc-8d20-aefa1b02bc4a

Assignment Part 1:  Answer all of these

  1. What do you like about social media?
    What don’t you like?
  2. How do things on social media impact your life offline?
  3. Do you ever witness or experience people fighting online or posting something to make
    other people mad?
  4. Posting, sharing, liking or commenting on pictures/statuses/videos/etc. that include
    guns, drugs, wads of cash, fights, threats, promoting violence, promoting a crew/gang ,
    etc can link youth to criminal activity and can create consequences such as
    getting arrested, suspended, expelled, fired, or rejected from a job, school, or
    scholarship.  What do you think about that?
  5. Some colleges and employers request your social media usernames and passwords to be considered
    for admissions or hiring– this provides them access to look through all of the applicant’s social media history, messages and posts.  Is this fair?
  6. When your friends are having an argument in-person, what do you do to calm them down?
    Do you think this approach would be different online? How is it different?
  7. Have you heard of cyber banging?
  8. Most teens say social media makes them feel better, not worse, about themselves.  What do you think?
  9. “Eighty-nine percent of teens have their own smartphones.  They grew up alongside Instagram and Snapchat. They do research papers on Google Classroom, find emotional support on teen forums, share poetry on Tumblr, and are more likely to text “I love you” before they’d ever say it to your face.”  Do you see yourself in any of these statements?  Explain.
  10. They can’t stop. They won’t stop.  Most teens think technology companies manipulate users to spend more time on their devices. Many of them also think that social media distracts them and their friends.  Do you agree with this statement?  Explain.
  11. Snapchat and Instagram are where it’s at. In 2012, Facebook dominated social networking use among teens. Today, only 15 percent say it’s their main site (when one 16-year-old girl was asked in a focus group whom she communicates with on Facebook, she replied, “My grandparents”).  True?
  12. Social media takes teens away from personal relationships and distracts them from paying attention to the people they’re with.  Agree?
  13. Exposure to hate speech is on the rise, while cyberbullying is less commonOnly 13 percent of teens report ever being cyberbullied. But nearly two-thirds say they often or sometimes come across racist, sexist, homophobic or religious-based hate content in social media.  Is this true?

Assignment Part 2:  One Positive = the Selfie

Sometimes a good selfie can just be a self esteem boost.

Add it to this post.

January 27

Post 2: How has social media changed how we communicate?

Step One:  (adding media to post)

What are the top social media sites used in this class?

Let’s put our data in a bar graph @ https://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/createagraph/default.aspx


Step Two:  Answer these

  1.  Could you live without your phone for an entire day or would you feel upset?
  2. Do you ever think your phone is a distraction?  Explain
  3. Where is your phone right this very minute?

4.  What do you use your phone for?  Is it a smartphone? (flip phones anyone?)

5.  How important are likes, views, and follows to you?

6.  What do your parents/guardians say about your “screen” time?

7.  Could you take a break from your phone or social media?

8.  Do you know all the people who are on your social media sites?

9.  Respond to this video.  What do you think?  Do you know people who show a fake reality all for the good of social media?  Explain ways you have witnessed this.