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At West Point, training for this type of warfare defines new perspectives on the concepts of war games, of which “traditionally evoke images of guns and battle formations, but many cadets now study hacking techniques, to better defend military networks” ("Training for the Cyber Battlefield").


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-06-29.

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Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 2

Reviewer Comments:

A valuable collection of lesson plans and mini-units on civics and media literacy. All of the lesson plans include clear objectives and detailed procedures that teachers can easily follow and implement in their classrooms. All the lessons require Internet access and encourage the development of media literacy. Topics of the lessons are all focused on civics and highlights include lessons on the legislative process, an analysis of the 2nd amendment, and the roles of the President. It should be noted that all of the lessons were created for an online social studies education course, and have not necessarily been classroom tested.
Emily Ann
June 16, 2011

I really like this clip. It shows our students how important their computer skills can be and where they can take them in life. I think the practice with the NSA hackers is an interesting practice mission because it helps students learn what they will be dealing with. I agree with Sara that this could be an interesting discussion in a government class because most students do believe the military is only about fighting and showing our students there is far more to the military can really open their eyes to what is going on when we are at war. I would absolutely use this in my classroom.

Sara Thompson
June 16, 2011

Like everyone else, I think this clip is awesome as well and really shows that this is a big issue! I liked the ending when the student stated that many people think of the military as boots and ground work but, in reality, they are hard at work to defend even our computers! I believe that this could be used in a variety of settings and actually used when talking about the military within a government class or even in a specific lesson in a history class in order to bring in the relevance today. I would say that there is nothing I dislike about this clip and that I could really see this being used in a variety of settings! Well done :)

Liz Raasch
June 16, 2011

I really like this clip. It is short and sweet, something that could grab attention as a bell ringer or a short introduction to the concept of cyber-warfare. This is a topic that is rarely talked about (I had no idea) and it is really enlightening to know that the military is preparing for what I think would lead to the "end of the world." Form a teaching standpoint, I think that the four day exercise is a great, authentic assessment that students watching would be able to identify with.

Tully Clark
June 16, 2011

Well, I agree with Amy and Joe, this is a great clip! Really interesting...I think students would respond well to it too. In addition to talking about cyberterrorism in the context of this book, I think this clip could also possibly be used in a broader discussion about release of sensitive information that could potentially pose a threat to national security-such as wikileaks (though obviously wikileaks is not terrorism, unless you are FoxNews). Like Joe said, my only complaint is that it's too short and I would like more information.

Joe Dickens
June 16, 2011

I absolutely agree with Amy, this is a great video that really highlights the possibilities of cyberterrorism. Also there were a lot of cadets in that room, which leads me to believe that this is an area of growing national concern, as the internet and computers become ubiquitous throughout the world. My only complaint about the video is that its too short. I want more information, but maybe thats a security breach. Either way its very interesting and a great resource.

Amy Erdman
June 16, 2011

This video is awesome! I had no idea the military was training to fend off cyberterrorists or cyberenemies...but it makes complete sense that they would be. I think this video does a great job of showing behind-the-scenes efforts at West Point to protect our military and our country from cyber infiltration.

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