Tuesday 8 October 2019

The Winter of our Disconnect (3 ESO)

Photo by Fabian Irsara on Unsplash

You are going to watch a video about the Mausharts, a family who, in Susan Mausharts' words, pulled the plug on their technology and lived to tell/text/tweet the tale

1. Watch the video as many times as you need.
2. Answer as many questions as you can.
3. Share your ideas with your classmates.

a)       What four gadgets are mentioned as part of a digital detox?

b)       How long did the Maushart family go with the experiment?

c)       What was the children’s first reaction when they knew about their mom’s idea?

d)       How old were the children at the time of the experiment?

e)       According to Susan, if you are never ___________ you will never be____________.

f)         Name some positive results of the experiment in the family life.  

g)       What activities did the children do while they were not using technology?

h)       According to Professor John Straton: “[…] people need to learn how to _______________ communication technologies.”

i)         What did the family do as soon as the experiment ended?

Photo by Diego PH on Unsplash

  • Do you think they found the experiment easy or difficult?

  • What does the following sentence mean?
If you don’t impose some boundaries, you will probably disappear down the vortex.

  • How have technological advances affected communication?


Digital detox: desintoxicación digital
Daunting: abrumador
On the back burner: fig. mantener algo en segundo plano
Greeting: saludo
Pitfall: desventaja, obstáculo
Charge: cargar
Press: pulsar
Zoom: ampliar (hacer zoom)
Snap: chascar; foto
Screen: pantalla
Flick: hacer zapping
Switch on: encender
Boundaries: límites
Vortex: remolino

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