Should I?

Type: Investigation

Theme: Inequalities

Grades: 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12

Learning Target: Students will create a weighted balance diagram (infographic) and write an inequality to help make an informed decision while communicating that decision to others.


This project is for groups of two. Please create a one-page infographic within a group PowerPoint. You will be answering the following question using researched information and a weighted balance.

Question: Should computers and the Internet be used to learn [enter a math topic here]?

  1. Watch this video. Do you agree or disagree?
  2. Research benefits and drawbacks (pros and cons) for using computers, Internet, and online learning.
  3. Select a math topic to enter into your question: Should computers and the Internet be used to learn [enter a math topic here]?
  4. Consider the following parameters when you make your informed decision. You will add to, subtract from, and reorganize your parameters.
  5. Plan a weighted balance to help generate a conclusion to the question.
  6. Write a simplified annotated inequality with mathematical expressions to describe your decision. Such as:
      1.0sp+0.5re+2em > 2mp+1.0pr+0.5et, where:

    sp = Speed of learning 
    re = Ease of research 
    em = Employable skills 

    pm = Mental/Physical
    pr = Privacy issues
    et = Ethical considerations

  7. You may use a spreadsheet to calculate the weights of your decision (not required).
  8. Obtain and provide a Peer Review.
  9. Revise your work.
  10. Draw a fun infographic in a group PowerPoint (1 slide only) describing your weighted balance with the outcome.
  11. Write a brief one paragraph conclusion. Enter it into the Notes field in the group PowerPoint presentation.


  1. One page in group PowerPoint.
  2. Provide a reference document and cite at least three references. Use the preferred citation method of your English teacher.
  3. Submit a Peer Review.
Exit Ticket
CCSS Math Practice
  • I can reason abstractly and quantitatively.
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts
  • Scale, Proportion, and Quantity
  • Systems and System Models


Example PowerPoint Slide