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Rich discussions and active listening

Module Overview

This module has two main goals: to hook students' interest in facial recognition technology (FRT) and to expose students to a variety of texts that present both positive and negative impacts of the technology as they read about and watch videos that discuss benefits and harms of FRT. Students will be encouraged to take note of claims that author's make in support or opposition of the technology and keep track of those in their evidence tracker, which they will later refer to as they write their opening statements for the SPAR debate at the end of Module 2.

Nota Bene

You know your students best and while we have made a significant effort to provide you with robust resources in this unit, it is likely that you will have students who require further differentiation.

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NYS Next Generation ELA Standards

  • W1c: Use precise language and content-specific vocabulary to express the appropriate complexity of the topic.

  • WHST1: Write arguments based on discipline-specific content.

  • SL1: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on complex topics, texts, and issues; express ideas clearly and persuasively, and build on those of others.

NYS Computer Science & Digital Fluency Standards

  • 9-12.IC.3 Debate issues of ethics related to real world computing technologies.

  • 9-12.IC.1 Evaluate the impact of computing technologies on equity, access, and influence in a global society.


  • ubiquitous: seeming to be seen everywhere

  • facial recognition a way of identifying or confirming an individual's identity using their face--does NOT always work

  • scan: to use a special machine to read or copy (something, such as a photograph or a page of text) into a computer. Facial recognition technology scans people's faces.

  • database: an organized collection of data (pieces of information) held in a computer, especially one that is accessible in many ways.

  • opponent: a person who disagrees with something and tries to change or stop it

  • proponent: a person who supports an idea or course of action

  • advocate: to support or recommend something publicly

  • prompt: the inputs or queries that a user gives to an LLM GAI, like chatGPT or Bard, in order to elicit a specific response from the model

  • claim: a statement that something is true although it has not been proved and other people may not agree with or believe it

  • controversial: causing a lot of angry public discussion and disagreement

  • potential: that can develop into something or be developed in the future

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