EdTech 543: Social Network Mini Curriculum Unit

This math lesson will help you to explore the various costs of college educations using social networks and mathematical models.

Unit Information

I. Unit Description

This unit will incorporate Common Core standards, real world application and applicable math material.  The students are second year algebra students (Algebra 2) and beyond, high school mathematics.  This unit will utilize multiple forms of social media such as social networking sites, social bookmarking, graph sharing, and both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities.

II. Learning Outcomes

A mathematical model is a method of understanding a complex real world process involving multiple variables. To design a model, important features are identified and quantified symbolically using a number of mathematical tools. Once designed, a mathematical model must be evaluated and critiqued for accuracy, advantages, and limitations.
As a participant in this course, you will:
  • explore a wide variety of college options
  • share the information you gather using a variety of social networks and other social media,
  • analyze the information you gather using mathematical modeling
  • collaborate with your randomly assigned group to share ideas and resources with each other and other students in the course
  • create a curation of at least 6 college options
  • explore other factors to consider when choosing a college
  • reflect on what you have learned
    III. Performance and Participation Expectations 
    In this project, you will investigate a mathematical model that compares the cost of education to potential earnings in order to decide if the investment is a good one. You will compute the amount to be repaid each year for the life of the loan and compare the answer to some probable starting salaries. Finally, you will critique the model discussing which other factors (demand for the job, other costs, etc.) should be taken into consideration.
    IV. Social Media Use Guidelines

    For this unit you will be required to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Google+, Desmos, Storify and blogs (either WordPress or Blogger) to find ideas and resources, connect with your group, and share with your group’s findings with the entire class.

    Here is a reminder about your expected behavior: 

    • In the online environment, students must follow The ISD Honor Code and the OSPI Code of Conduct and conduct themselves online as they would in a traditional school.

    • Think before you post. Students should use discretion when posting to the internet.

    • Do not misrepresent yourself by using someone else’s identity.

    • Social media venues are public and information can be shared beyond your control. Be conscious of what you post online as you will leave a long-lasting impression on many different audiences.

    • Do not post or link anything (photos, videos, web pages, audio files, forums, groups, fan pages, etc.) to your social networking sites that you wouldn’t want friends, peers, parents, teachers, college admissions officers, or future employers to access. What you present on social networking forums represents you forever.

    • When responding to others, remember to be respectful and avoid comments that may be hurtful. Do not use profane, obscene, or threatening language.

    • Only accept invitations to share information from people you know. Utilize privacy settings to control access to your network, web pages, profile, posts, blogs, wikis, podcasts, digital media, forums, groups, fan pages, etc.

    • Online stalkers and identity thieves are a real threat. Never share personal information, including, but not limited to, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, addresses, exact birthdates, and pictures with parties you don’t know or on unsecure sites.

    • Users should keep their passwords secure and never share passwords with others. If someone tampers with your blog, email, or social networking account without you knowing about it, you could be held accountable.

    • Cyberbullying is considered an act of harassment. See the ISD Student Handbook for detailed information.

    • V.  Common Core Standards Addressed
      • CCSS.Math.Content.HSA.REI.C.5: Prove that, given a system of two equations in two variables, replacing one equation by the sum of that equation and a multiple of the other produces a system with the same solutions.
      • CCSS.Math.Content.HSA.REI.C.6: Solve systems of linear equations exactly and approximately (e.g., with graphs), focusing on pairs of linear equations in two variables.
      • CCSS.Math.Content.HSA.REI.D.10:  Understand that the graph of an equation in two variables is the set of all its solutions plotted in the coordinate plane, often forming a curve (which could be a line).
      • CCSS.Math.Content.HSA.REI.D.11:  Explain why the x-coordinates of the points where the graphs of the equations y = f(x) and y = g(x) intersect are the solutions of the equation f(x) = g(x); find the solutions approximately, e.g., using technology to graph the functions, make tables of values, or find successive approximations.  
      • CCSS.Math.Content.7.EE.B.3:  Solve multi-step real-life and mathematical problems posed with positive and negative rational numbers in any form (whole numbers, fractions, and decimals), using tools strategically. Apply properties of operations to calculate with numbers in any form; convert between forms as appropriate; and assess the reasonableness of answers using mental computation and estimation strategies.

Getting Started

1. Read through the Unit Information page to find the course objectives, purpose and expectations.

2. You will need to set up specific accounts in the following social networks for this course:  *Note: having an active account in all of these social networks is required for this course*

If you need help setting up any of these accounts, click on the corresponding link above for more information.

3. You will need to create a blog site using Blogger for reflections on your learning, projects, your peers, etc..

4. Once you have created your blog, introduce yourself with your first post!

  • Say hello! Write a paragraph expressing who you are, what you like to do in your free time and what your strengths are.

  • Post a picture with your paragraph.  This picture can be of you, your family, something you’re interested in, etc.

  • Write another paragraph explaining your own use of social media.  How familiar are you with it?  What sites have you used or are currently using?

5. Post a link to your blog on Facebook.  Make sure to read your classmates blog posts and comment on 3 of them to say hello and anything else you have in common or find interesting.

6. On Twitter, use the class hashtag #KKLMath and say hello to your fellow classmates.

  • Please be sure to read your classmates’ introductory blog posts, and feel free to comment.








Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s