The lesson is about online information and digital footprint. Students learn what OSINT (open source intelligence) is, work with useful vocabulary related to online activities, watch a part of a video and have a lot of discussion.
WARM-UP & VOCABULARY
The lesson starts with a warm-up activity. Students look at the list of activities (e.g. share your home address, tag your friends in posts, etc.) and say which of them they would never do online. Students also have to explain their reasons. After that, students read some statements related to online activities and information and agree or disagree with them. The statements contain some useful vocabulary (e.g. digital footprint, intelligence, consent, etc.) that teachers can ask students to define. Then, students work with more vocabulary. First, the match the sentence halves. After matching, they look at the sentences and try to find verbs to match the provided definitions.
VIDEO & DISCUSSION
In this part of the lesson, students watch two sections of the video (4 mins, in total) and discuss it. First, they look at the sentences they created in the previous activity and try to guess who they are about. Then, they watch the first part of the video (to 00:53) and check their answers. Students watch the second part of the video (00:53-03:51) to define what OSINT is. Then, they watch it again to summarise what the organisation from the video does. After that, students discuss OSINT, different online activities, security and information. Students also talk about OSINT and its techniques in detail in the next activity. They look at the list of things (e.g. social media, online maps, publicly available databases, etc.) and brainstorm how OSINT experts can use them. They also practise using the vocabulary from the lesson while doing so. As the final activity, students choose one of two cases and discuss how to use OSINT to tackle it.
This lesson plan also includes an additional task that you can use as homework or revision. In the task, students revise the vocabulary they learned in the lesson. The task is available in the teacher’s version of the worksheet. You can print it, cut it up and hand it out to your students. It’s also included in the e-lesson plan.
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