Students will learn to use the free website Pocket to save web articles and remove advertisements and distracting images/links.
- Develop student skills to remove and manage digital distractions
- Raise student awareness about advertising and competition for their attention online
- Encourage students to share this website and digital literacy strategy with friends, parents, and other acquaintances
- Student computers should have the Chrome web browser pre-installed.
- Students need to have a school-provided Google account / GSuite for Education account.
- The teacher (or school IT department) should create a Seesaw Learning Journal Class, and all students should be added to the class in advance of the lesson.
- The teacher should assign this Seesaw Activity to the class.
- The school parent permission form for student use of Google Apps should grant permission for the use of teacher/IT department approved third party web applications.
- Optional: Play the "Introducing Pocket" video embedded on the right.
- Play the tutorial video embedded on the right.
- Ask students to login to their Seesaw class and complete the assigned activity, "Distraction Free Web Reading." The activity includes the following steps:
- Sign up for a free "Pocket" account by visiting https://getpocket.com (Use your Google Account)
- Add the Pocket Google Chrome extension to your Casady Google account. (Be sure SYNC is turned on.)
- Find three news article of interest by visiting Google News: https://news.google.com/
- Save each news article to POCKET by using the Chrome extension.
- Read one of the articles.
- Share the link to your news article by responding to THIS ACTIVITY.
- Add a comment to your own article, explaining in 2 to 3 complete sentences why this article is interesting and/or important.
- Ask students to comment on each other's shared web links in Seesaw, using complete sentences and proper punctuation.
- Share the alternative "Reader View" browser extension / button:
- Encourage students to also install the free Chrome Extension "UBlock Origin," which blocks almost all web ads, including ads on YouTube.