GROUP TOPICS

A lot of research point to a new generation of youngsters who take technology for granted in their lives. Is this the reality in your daily lives?
Each of you will be a member of a small mixed group (ie. a group with students from the other participating countries) to discuss and compare together a given aspect of technology use. When possible, try and find and refer to (make an online link) to research, statistics or articles from your country, continent or global and relate this to your own reality. Be careful when interpreting research results and statistics - pay attention to who did the research/wrote the article/compiled the statistics, what was it for, how many people were studied, whether you can draw any general conclusions from these results/figures/findings?
NB. The questions underneath each group's topic title are only suggestions to help you get started. You are by no means restricted to only answering them - include anything that you find relevant for your group topic.

1 TECHNOLOGY AS PART OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S FREETIME


1A Technology in your free-time

- What are the essential gadgets and appliances you have at your disposal and you use on a daily basis?
- How important are they for you?
- What do you do with them?
- Are they different from the technology that your parents' generation use, for example?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

1B Mobile phones and your free-time

- Do you all have one?
- Do most of the students in your school have one?
- What do you use it for and how much - communication (voice and text), photos, videos, music, games, Internet?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

1C Computers and your free-time

- Do you have your own computer? If yes, what is it like?
- What do you use it for - watch movies, or TV programmes online? Do you play games?
- Do you download music?
- Do you shop online?
- How much time do you spend at your computer at home daily/weekly?
- What are your favourite online sites/services?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

2 TECHNOLOGY AS PART OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S SCHOOL AND STUDIES


2A Technology at your school

- What are the standard facilities in each of your classrooms?
- How well is your school equipped with modern technology?
- What could be improved in your opinion?
. How up-to-date are your teachers in incorporating the latest technology in their teaching?
- How do you see a future school and classroom from a technological point of view?
- In your opinion, what is the role fo schools in making their students digitally literate in the 21st century? And how would you define 'digital literacy'?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

2B Mobile phones at school

- Are you allowed to use your mobile phone at school? How?
- Is it used for educational purposes in class - and if not, can you see ways how it could be used?
- Does your school have a special set of rules as for the use of mobile phones at school?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

2C Computers at school

- How much are computers used in class?
- Do you take your own laptop to school? Or does your school provide all students with their own laptop?
- Do you have a media library or a computer room that is always at students' disposal during school days?
- What is done with computers at school?
- What ideas do you have for further and better use of computers in class?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

2D Technology and studying outside school

- What teachnology do you use to help you with your learning and homework?
- Do you look for information on the net, and what are your favourite sites?
- Do you write/produce your assignments on the computer?
- Do you have any educational networks at your school where you can interact and communicate with teachers and fellow students when you are studying at home?
- Is it possible to take any virtual courses as part of your schooling and how popular are they?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

3 TECHNOLOGY AS PART OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S SOCIALISING AND RELATIONSHIPS


3A Technology and socialising

- What are your main tools for keeping in touch with family, friends and other people?
- Which of them are your favourites and why?
- Do you feel that technology is replacing face2face relationships too much?
- Are your socialising ways very different from those of your parents, for example?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

3B Mobile phones and relationships

- How important is the mobile phone in forming and maintaining relationships?
- What do you mainly use it for and how much?
- What is its role in dating practices, for example?
- Are there any negative activities connected to mobile phones and relationships (bullying etc.)?
- How much do you spend on mobile phone use a month, and who pays for the bills?
- What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

3C Computers and relationships

- Are you in for social networking?
- Do you have an Internet presence (ie. MySpace, Facebook, irc-galleria/ a blog / your own homepage / or some other network)? If the network you use is a national one (eg. irc-galleria in Finland) introduce your international group members to it.
- Why have you joined these social networks?
- How do you feel about them?
- How careful are you about creating your online profile?
- Have you got friends that you have first met online?
- Do you have online friends abroad, where, how?
-What research, statistics or articles can you find about this topic?

3D Online safety

- What dangers can you see in having an online presence?
- What precautions do you follow when joining a network and creating your online profile, or when shopping online, for example?
- Do you stay anonymous or do you reveal your real name?
- Give examples, if possible, of the importance of online safety (either your own, from your friends, or from the media in your country).
- Together write a list of what you think are the most important safety rules for young people online?
- What do you think about the 'online safety rules' of this project, for example?
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