Learners will summarize how the Internet works through improv performance and visualization, learning how web content navigates the internet.
Read, Write, and Participate the Web
21st Century Skills
Web Literacy SkillsCode Compose Navigate Open Practice Protect Remix Revise Search Share Synthesize
- Know the basics of web mechanics and be able to explain how web content travels across the internet.
- Know the basics of HTML and the fundamental structure of a webpage.
- Know the basics and importance of privacy and encryption and how both show up in our daily lives.
- Know how to use web literacy tools such as the Web X-Ray Goggles and Thimble to remix and write web pages.
- Know how to use online project-management tools like GitHub to create and share content.
- Know how open practices benefit projects, people, and the public good.
- Explore project management and web development as career and educational paths.
- Understand how to teach others web literacy basics in participatory ways.
- Beginner web users
- Internet-connected computers
- Facilitator computer and projector
- Big and small sticky notes
- Crafting materials like string, sicssors, and tape
Do the activity on your own to become familiar with how information moves on the internet.
- Watch the video "There and Back Again: A Packet's Tale".
- Write or draw the steps you would use to physically act out - or perform - how information travels across the internet.
- Sketch a map - which can be symbolic or realistic - that shows how information moves around the internet to capture your learning.
Ask learners, “How do you think our phones and computers connect to the Internet?”
Take a few ideas from the group, then explain the following:
The internet is a system of networks and the web sits on top of it and provides an interface for viewing and interacting with the information stored in various computers around the world.
Further explain that:
Anytime you ask the internet to do something, whether by entering a URL into a browser or watching a video on youtube, your internet request "hops" through several network devices, like routers and switches and servers, on its way from your computer to the website’s server.
Then show the video "There and Back Again: A Packet's Tale" to give learners a little more information about how the internet and web work before starting the next step.
Perform the Net20 minutes
Form small improv groups of 4-5 actors. Get together and brainstorm a way to perform how the internet works. Think about how to use your space - you can perform anywhere there's room in the space around you and spread out and move around as much as you'd like. Think about the materials around you and grab any props that might help you show the internet at work. Take 10 minutes to plan and rehearse.
Perform your skits for the whole group. Applaud your heart out for the other improv artists. Laugh and cheer at especially great moments of Performing the Net history!
Take a few minutes to ask participants what they notice about the performances. Consider using prompts or questions like these:
- What did all of the skits include? Why is that information about the internet so important to understand?
- Was there anything important in just some of the skits that we all need to remember about the internet?
- What important information did we miss in our skits?
- What surprised or delighted you about the internet or our performances of it?
- How else could we have creatively shared our learning about the internet? How would you imporove this activity?
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