Non-GCSE – Lesson 9 – The bubble

Curriculum KS4 Unit Lesson

In this lesson, learners will be introduced to the concept of the bubble. They will be asked to draw on their knowledge from the lesson on big data to describe how bubbles might form. This will be illustrated with an exercise in which they recreate the algorithms that reinforce social media bubbles. From this exercise, learners will be asked to discuss why bubbles might be harmful but could also be a positive thing. To do this, they can be prompted with previous topics like fake news and illegal content. Finally, learners will reflect on if they themselves are in a bubble, how they could get out of it, and whether they want to.

Learning objectives

  • Reflect on how big data and other tools help to target information to specific users
  • Discuss the impact this might have on different people’s online experiences and the potential disadvantages of living in an online bubble

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