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Living in a Digital
Virtual Workbook
Virtual Tracking Sheet
KS3 Target
Lesson 1 - Data
Starter: List all the possible websites and apps that might store data about you:
How do companies use free apps and websites to make money?
How do companies use Freemium games to make money?
Using the BBC Article, (hold Ctrl and click on the link) answer the questions below
Fill the gaps in red:
Data is like ___________ to Facebook - it is what brings ___________ to the platform,
who in turn make it ___________. Facebook has the ability to build ___________ and
___________ profiles on users’ likes, dislikes, lifestyles and political leanings.
What methods does the article suggest you do to stop releasing personal data?
How long is data kept on Facebook?
Fill the gaps in red:
One of the biggest changes of ___________ will be the right for people to be
___________ and, under these changes it should, in theory, be much easier to wipe
your ___________ ___________ or other online ___________ from existence.
Lesson 2 - Passwords
Using the Password Strength Checker see how strong your password is.
List the 5 requirements to make a strong password:
Give an example of a strong password (not your real one!)
Password Haystacks help us to calculate how long it would take a computer to guess
your password.
Using the website, create a password that will take longer than 100 years to crack in a
“Offline Fast Attack Scenario”
What password is easier to remember? (highlight it in green)
Which of the following two passwords is stronger, more secure, and more difficult to
crack? (highlight it in green)
Lesson 3 - Governments
What did Edward Snowden uncover within the British and American governments?
What is Encryption?
How is Encryption used on the internet?
The (hypothetical) UK Golden Shield Project
“The UK Government are considering putting into place similar filtering regimes to China.
They intend to block social networking sites and communication services they feel
contributed to the London terror attacks. They also want to block media sharing sites
such as YouTube along with a range of search terms, such as pornography, violence,
drugs, guns, weapons, suicide or anti-government comments.”
Write a formal business letter to your local MP to either support or oppose the
Government’s proposal about UK’s Golden Shield Project.
Your letter must clearly make the point, give clear evidence and be fully explained (PEE).
It should be clear whether you are arguing for or against the proposal with clear reasons
Dear Mr Adam Holloway MP,
Extension: Write a script for a debate between two people with opposite views on the
Government’s proposal (each person needs to give valid points to support their
Lesson 4 - Environmental Impacts
Write a diary entry from the point of view of a person working in Agbogbloshie in Ghana
explaining what their day consists of, and how they make money from the recycling of
computer parts.
Include information about:
● Working conditions
● How the parts of a computer make you money
● How much money you make
Dear diary…
Lesson 5 - Humans Need Not Apply
Humans Need Not Apply
Fill in the gaps whilst watching the video:
1. How are “mechanical muscles” different from human muscles?
Physical Labour
2. The old kind of automation was blind to the world, but the new kind of automation, like
Baxter, has vision and can ______________ what you want him to do by watching you do it.
3. General purpose computers can do anything just by swapping its software. They become
more _______________ and ________________ every year.
4. Baxter may be slow, but his hourly cost is pennies worth of electricity while his “meatbased”
competition costs ________________ _______________.
5. How is labour already being automated in supermarkets?
Luddite Horses
6. How does CGP Grey use horses as an analogy for the progress of automation?
7. How are self-driving cars better drivers than humans?
8. The transportation industry in the United States employs about _____________ people.
The Shape of Things to Come
9. Automation engineers are skilled programmers whose entire job is to replace your job
with a ______________________ ______________.
10. The cutting edge of programming isn’t super smart programmers writing bots, it’s
super smart programmers writing bots that _______________ ___________________
how to do things the programmer could never teach them to do.
Professional Bots
11. Bots crush human research in terms of cost, time, and _______________________.
12. Why are robotic doctors better than human doctors?
Creative Bots
13. Why does CGP Grey say that not everyone can transition to creative work?
14. What is the source of the music in the background of the video is what?
15. People used to think that ________________ _________ was a unlikely creative
human skill that machines could never do right up until the point they beat the best of us.
16. Horses aren’t unemployed now because they got lazy as a species—they’re
17. If you think new jobs will save us, CGP Grey points out that new jobs are not a
_________________________ part of the labour force.
18. The _________________________ industry is at the top of the list of most common
19. The unemployment rate during the great depression was 25%. The list shows _______ %
of the workforce that could become automated.
20. CGP Grey says that automation isn’t bad—it’s _____________________. It’s a tool to
produce abundance for little effort.
What career are you interested in when you’re older? How likely is it that this career will
be automated in the future? Check your chosen career on Will robots take my job?
In what ways can automation make your life better?
In what ways can automation make your life worse?
Assessment: Creative Writing Task
Imagine yourself 20 years in the future. Write about a typical day in which automation
has become much more commonplace. Use details that show how the world has
changed: what does transportation look like? Shopping? Entertainment? Healthcare?
What does your home look like? Which human jobs have disappeared? What do you do
for work? Be creative.
Use to help you with ideas