Toys and viral challenges invade the web

A popular new gadget called a hand spinner is going viral. Let's take a closer look at how this ball-bearing propeller relieves stress while causing so much controversy.

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" The hand spinner, a sort of top to spin between his fingers, invades the playgrounds. This gadget was originally used to relax children with autism. How did it become such a fashionable toy, which is so popular with all children that some schools in the United States have decided to ban it? "
Source: The evening edition
This little gadget that allows you to take care of your hands and helps concentration is not unanimous, however. "In terms of neurological efficiency on attention and concentration in class, there is currently nothing convincing", slices without hesitation the neuropsychologist Benoît Hammarrenger.
Source: Radio-Canada
In this Teacher's Guide, students will learn about the origin of this popular toy, the controversy surrounding its spread, and the scale of the viral challenges that are used as communication strategies.


At the end of the activities, the student will be able to:
- Explain what a hand spinner is and the virtues attributed to it;
- Compare different viral challenges;
- Discuss the use of charitable campaigns surrounding viral challenges;
- Describe the characteristics and criteria necessary to succeed in a viral challenge;
- Imagine a viral challenge.

Suggested Activities

ACTIVITY 1: What is the "Hand spinner?"

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it. Start this activity by posting this cuff in connection with the small 3-cell spinning top that everyone has been tearing off for some time.
Continue by presenting a short reportage explaining the madness of spinners and which will allow you to learn more about this toy that has gone viral for a few weeks already.
Distribute this listening chart so that students can record their new discoveries.

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ACTIVITY 2: Viral challenges, for or against?

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it. Ask students if they can name any other viral phenomena or challenges that they have witnessed in the past on social media or the web. Point out to them that very often these viral challenges turn into charity campaigns.
Continue this activity by discussing the circumstances surrounding the following viral challenges:
Ice Bucket Challenge
Model Challenge
Cup blowing challenge
22 push-up challenge
- Etc.
Organize a debate in the class in order to validate whether the pupils are able to express their opinion on the usefulness, or not, of the various challenges which have invaded the web in recent months and / or years. Here are some avenues for discussion to liven up the debate:
- How did these viral challenges achieve the desired objectives?
- In what ways can we sensitize the population other than with viral challenges?
- Why are viral challenges so popular in society?
- What are the short, medium and long term impacts of these viral challenges?
- Etc.

ACTIVITY 3: Your viral challenge

In addition to this, you will need to know more about it. Suggest that the students invent a viral challenge that will be dedicated to a cause of their choice. Invite them to divide into small work teams in order to promote exchanges, interactions and the improvement of their individual ideas.
Display this item explaining the necessary characteristics as well as the conditions to be put in place to ensure the success of the viral challenge that will be offered to the population.
You could impose themes like:
- Team 1: Viral challenge involving underage students;
- Team 2: Viral challenge involving adults;
- Team 3: Viral challenge involving teachers;
- Team 4: Viral challenge involving the community.
Suggest that the students make a graphic organizer of the main ideas of the viral challenge they want to set up. Ask them to think about the intended objectives, the intended intention and the cause to which they wish to dedicate their efforts. Tools like Coggle or Popplet make it possible to perform this type of cognitive exercise.
Tools like Coggle or Popplet allow this type of cognitive exercise to be carried out.

For further

Invite students to fabricate themselves a hand spinner with LEGOs to exercise their building skills as well as their creativity level.

More about the magazine

A gadget that disturbs schools
La Presse, May 14, 2017
Opinions divided in New Brunswick on a little toy that causes a sensation
Radio-Canada, May 3, 2017
After the water bottles, the new challenge for teens concerns the cups: the Cup blowing challenge
Huffington Post, March 24, 2017
 The #SaltWaterChallenge, a viral challenge to support Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike
Le Monde, May 3, 2017
That's it, the madness of the "hand spinners" has reached Belgium: stores out of stock
RTBF, May 6, 2017
Teens are snapping up this toy already banned in the USA
The Evening Edition, May 5, 2017

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