Living Online Lab's goal is to educate and empower a new generation to be knowledgeable, engaged, and critical digital citizens. To achieve this, we have developed a unique, interdisciplinary curriculum for teaching Internet Studies to 6th-12th grade students, colleges students, and anyone else eager to learn more about our relationship with the Internet, and what really is going on behind the screen:
The Living Online Lab curriculum
1. ABOUT THE INTERNET
The History of the Internet – How the Internet works – Who Owns the Internet? – The Business Model of the Internet – Data: Big Data, Metadata, and Data Visualization – A for Algorithms – The Internet of Things – Digital Disruption
2. THE DIGITAL WORLD AND US
Cyberpsychology – Identity – Privacy – Online Empathy – Online Friendships & Relationships – Digital Ethics – Distraction, Boredom & Overuse – Social/Anti-Social Media – Digital Activism – Diversity of Thought – The Digital Divide – Digital Rights – Hacking
3. DIGITAL MEDIA LITERACY
Digital Reading & Writing – Remix Culture – The Digital Media Revolution – Online Propaganda – Memes – Smart Search & Research – Wikipedia – Knowledge and Information in the Digital Age
4. THE DARK SIDE OF THE WEB
Cyberwarfare and Cyberterrorism – Cybercrime – The Dark Web
5. THE WEB WE WANT
From cyberutopianism to digital dystopia: the future of the Internet explored.
Described by The Atlantic (May 2015) as "the liberal arts of virtual living," the Living Online curriculum explores key aspects of the Internet, digital culture, and the intersection of humans and technology. More than 30 modules, comprising lesson plans and multimedia resources have been developed by teachers and leading academics, and are being piloted in schools in the U.S and Canada. The Living Online curriculum is aligned to both national and ISTE standards.
Trustees and advisors include Lord Mitchell (former entrepreneur and founding chairman of the eLearning Foundation), Dr. Tom Chatfield (author, Oxford University academic, and broadcaster), and Ann Collier, a highly experienced educational nonprofit leader.
Harvard University’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society has recently partnered with Living Online to develop a series of lesson plans for LRNG.com, a youth-focused educational program.
Contact us here for more information and a sample lesson plan.