40 % of the world's population connected to the Internet

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In the 2013 edition of its report “Measuring the Information Society”, the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) predicts that by the end of the year, 40 % of the world's population will be connected to the Internet.
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In recent years, the International Telecommunication Union has been counting the countries in the world most connected to the Internet.
“For the third year in a row, South Korea tops the ranking of the most connected countries, ahead of Sweden, Iceland, Denmark, Finland and Norway. The other countries in the top 10 are the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Luxembourg and Hong Kong (China). "Source: La Presse.ca
The following activities will provide a better understanding of Internet usage around the world.
 


Goals

At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Read and understand a press article concerning statistics on Internet use around the world;
- Perform reasoning to determine if statements are true;
- Observe and analyze a world map representing populations with Internet access;
- Observe real-time statistics in order to see the quantity of emails sent as well as the number of mobile phones purchased every day;
- Read a number consisting of ten digits;
- Find images on the Web representing the pollution generated by the consumption of electronic goods while respecting copyright;
- Create a poster with a slogan to make people aware of the overconsumption of electronic equipment.
 


Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: Analyze the news to better understand it

First, invite students to read the following article:
Around 40 % of the planet online at the end of 2013
Article published in La Presse, October 7, 2013
Now ask students to say what the article is primarily about. Ask them the following questions:
- How many billions of people have access to the Internet on the planet?
- According to you, is it true to say that 40 % of the population in Quebec is connected?
- What does the following excerpt mean: “[…] however, there are still 1.1 billion households in the world, 90 % from developing countries, which are not yet connected. "?
- Do developing countries have more access to mobile telephony or the Internet? What sentence in the article answers this question?
- Which country tops the ranking for Internet access? Locate this country on a world map. Is this surprising to you?
- What is "broadband"?
- According to the text, can we say that it costs less to have access to the Internet in developing countries than in Canada?
Finally, ask the students if they think that 40 % of the world population is a lot or a few people connected?
 

ACTIVITY 2: Internet in the world

As a whole class, observe the following map:

Click on it to enlarge it!
Source: Jeff Ogden via Wikipedia

What do the students think it might represent? Ask them to find a suitable title for this card.
Analyze this map with the students. If you have an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, use annotation mode so you can write directly on the card.
- Is there a country without the world where 100 % of the population is connected to the Internet?
- In Canada and Quebec, what is the percentage of people connected? In France?
- What is the least connected continent?
- On this map, where is South Korea, the most connected country according to the ITU? Are nearby countries so connected? Why?
 

ACTIVITY 3: Real-time numbers with Worldometers

Worldometers is a website that provides real-time global statistics. Note that the Worldometers counter is based on the specific time of each visitor's computer clock. So you get the data for Quebec time if you are in Quebec. For this activity, check out Worldometers at the end of the day so that the numbers are even more impressive!
In the "Society and Media" section of Worldometers, observe in real time the number of Internet users in the world. According to this website, the number of 2.8 billion Internet users has already been reached. As a whole class, try to read the number to the hundred or so of people connected to the Internet. It should look like two billion eight hundred and forty-three million eight hundred sixty-nine thousand eight hundred (or a lot more!).
Still in the “Society and Media” category of Worldometers, find what represents the largest number. These are emails sent in a day.
Also, draw the students' attention to the number of mobile phones sold during the day. If over 3 million cell phones are bought every day, imagine how many are thrown away!
 

For further

An impressive number of electronic gadgets such as computers, mobile phones and digital tablets are purchased every day. As a result, millions of these items are also thrown away. Have students search the web for images to find one that best represents the pollution caused.
To raise awareness among school students and staff, have students make posters with these images, being careful to respect copyright laws. They should include slogans urging people not to overuse electronic devices on their posters, such as "Wait before you change!" ". Finally, place these posters all over the school.
 


More about the magazine

Measuring the information society
Report of the International Telecommunication Union
ITU
Official website of the International Telecommunication Union
Internet in the world
Wikipedia article
Worldometers
Website that presents real-time global statistics
 

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