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    Before You Get Started

    Using Mirror Image

    1. Download and Review the Mirror Image Unit.
      The Mirror Image Unit includes the Mirror Image software package, Mirror Image Unit Overview, Mirror Image Lessons, Teacher Resources and Student Resources. The software is integral to this Unit and includes the following: the Detective’s Notebook module, the Mirror Image game, and the Behind the Headlines module. The Mirror Image Unit Overview and Lessons should be reviewed prior to starting instruction. Because of the sensitivity of the content, teachers may consider communicating the learning goals and key messages with parents/guardians using a board- or school-directed letter.

    3. Explore the Detective’s Notebook module.
      The module provides a display and explanation of the cybertools used to solve online crimes.

    5. Review the Game Synopsis

    7. Explore the Mirror Image Game.
      The Mirror Image story plays through two simultaneous streams of video. In order to achieve a smooth playback of both video streams, use a computer with a minimum of 512 MB of RAM. The computer should be loaded with Quicktime7 or better. External speakers are recommended.
      There are two ways of playing Mirror Image in the classroom (Note: the game must be played in sequence as it cannot be stopped and restarted at the point stopped):
      • Theatre Style: The game can be played on a single interactive white board or computer, connected to a projector at the front of the classroom. The entire class works together to call out their answers to the puzzles, with students taking turns to interact and input the class responses into the game. Played this way, the class will finish the game in approximately 40 minutes.
      • Small Groups: The game can also be loaded onto multiple computers, with students playing in pairs or small groups maximizing student participation. Played this way, it will take approximately 60 minutes to complete the game.

    9. View Behind the Headlines.
      Behind the Headlines is an interactive newspaper featuring interviews with a teenage victim of the New Brunswick stalking case. "Caitlin", her parents, two police officers and the prosecutor describe how the stalker was caught and convicted. The interviews encourage students to discuss the real life consequences of stalking.


    Note: Be aware that the content in this story is factual and references are made to sexual conduct. Appropriate pre-teaching should take place, and teachers should check with school board guidelines around addressing this issue. Before commencing any anti-violence lessons teachers are required to know the procedures for the reporting and documenting of abuse and ways to support students.