Ice Bucket Challenge Bellringer

I'll come back and add the video and more information, but the Ice Bucket Challenge gives us a great opportunity to teach digital citizenship and all kinds of great information. I'll talk more about this later, but here is my bellringer for today in this teachable moment.

My Ice Bucket Challenge Bellringer

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Ice Bucket Challenge – NAME: ______________________________

Bell Ringer

The ice water challenge is a fundraising program that has gone viral on the Internet in support of ALS. As with any campaign there are good and bad things happening with it. To be wise digital citizens, we need to be able to act with wisdom and know how we need to respond. Look on the web and answer these questions.

  1. What is ALS?
  2. What does ALS do?
  3. What is the Ice Bucket Challenge? What are the rules?
  4. Some have criticized this fundraiser for promoting slactivism? What is that?
  5. It is fun but where are the funds? Are they actually raising money? What impact has this challenge had on ALS Fundraising?
  6. What is one of the biggest criticism of the celebrity videos made on this?
  7. What is the ice bucket challenge fail
  8. What is a pop culture phenomenon?
  9. Are there ways that something like this could be used to promote a cause that is not worthy?
  10. What should you do to make up your mind as to whether you will participate in something like this?


5 Essential Points When You Have a Social Media Fundraising Challenge

  1. Encourage research and education when a challenge is issued.
  2. Encourage donation — funds not just fun when you have a serious disease like this that an organization is fighting.
  3. Use this as an opportunity to teach and educate about digital citizenship.
  4. When you record a video be clear about: the cause and what you're asking your friends to do.
  5. If in doubt, opt out. Remind everyone that they always have a choice to opt out and not participate. We're encouraging giving into peer pressure when we don't make up our minds and decide what we're doing.

The type of society we inherit tomorrow will be determined by how we discuss this sort of thing today. While I think this is a great cause, there will be a time that someone creates a funny viral challenge for a ridiculous or harmful program. If in doubt, opt out.

And yes, I did it.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mary Clark August 20, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Thanks for this, Vicki! I’ve been thinking about how to use this example with some social media literacy activities, but you did it for me!

Vicki Davis August 23, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Good luck, Mary! Let me know how it goes!

Alice Birney August 21, 2014 - 11:32 am

Thank you for this bellringer. This particular “event” has caused me to ask some of the same questions you raise here. It makes me happy to learn that others share my concerns since I have been viewed by some as one who might be too “fussy” about questioning things. But truly where is the money that is being raised? Would it not be good to share how much is being pledged or raised through this challenge? Why would it be of advantage to have a bucket of ice water doused over oneself? There is nothing wrong with raising valid questions; supplying creditable answers should not cause concern either.

Vicki Davis August 23, 2014 - 12:53 pm

We have to question things but I did do this and challenge my students to donate not just “participate” in making a video. We should give if we’re going to participate.

Cynthia August 21, 2014 - 9:32 pm

So glad I visited here. I am inspired and humbled by your work. The Ice Bucket Challenge is perfect for the time. I have learned the ALS cause of it was “borrowed” from Breast Cancer Ice Bucket Challenge(s ); maybe another point about proprietary debates. Thanks, I’ll be back to learn more!

Vicki Davis August 23, 2014 - 12:52 pm

Interesting. It was borrowed from the breast cancer ice bucket challenge? I hadn’t heard that. Interesting. Thanks for dropping by.

Alison Stucky September 10, 2014 - 12:36 am

This is a fantastic Bell ringer! I am always looking for ways to keep current content and real life application in my 8th grade science classroom. I also feel that it is important to help students understand digital citizenship. With all of the publicity in social media on this topic, almost all of my students have connections with this information, but very little background knowledge. I find it hard to get intermediate students to apply situations to themselves, so I love the last few questions because they make them think about the choices they would make after gathering the information. I look forward to trying this with my students. Thanks!

Vicki Davis September 12, 2014 - 6:51 pm

So glad this approach is helpful!! I hope this goes well for you like it did for me! We had great conversations about it!

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