Grade 9 Information Technology

Qatar Academy 2007-8

Work to complete!

By February 4
Wiki page
  • Update your wiki page and include ALL material from your lesson
  • All resources to be added, hyperlinked and in MLA style
  • Use tools such as to embed your Powerpoint
  • Needs to be attached to the wiki (copy and paste text OR add a file to download)
  • Read the assessment rubric to make sure you have included everything
    • Evaluate your performance during the project
    • Evaluate your work: strengths/weaknesses
    • Discuss any changes you could make, improvements etc
    • Write a paragraph about Homo Faber: what was your motivation for creating your product, what impact has/will it have on the world?

Twitter Story

We have been invited to participate in a global 'Twitter Story' this week (January 7-8). This is a slight side-trip from our digital citizenship unit but I know you will find it very interesting.
What is Twitter? Wikipedia call it a social networking and micro-blogging service where updates/messages or 'tweets', up to 140 characters long, are sent to a website.

We are challenged to write a 'chapter' in a Twitter story called Many Voices. Already students in other schools have written or 'twittered' the first 5 chapters. Chapter 5 was written by middle school students in Kansas. Now, we have the privilege of taking the story into Chapter 6!

This is what you need to do:
  • Read the story so far
  • Follow the roster discussed in class (order of Tweets)
  • make sure you are logged into (I will give you the user name and password)
  • Add your 140 character or less response in sequence with your classmates

Why not join Twitter yourself, find some friends and start tweeting...or twittering!

Unit 1: Digital Citizenship Challenge

This unit follows the IBO MYP Technology curriculum guide
  • Area of Interaction: Community and Service
  • Guiding Questions: How can I become a responsible citizen when using technology? How can I make others in my community aware of the importance of being a conscientious digital citizen and behaving appropriately when using technology and online resources?
  • Learning Objectives: The students will work in pairs to create a lesson based on one of the nine elements of digital citizenship


Research one of the nine elements for digital citizenship and provide a definition as well as background material. Find a group in the community, such as another class, a group of parents or teachers, who would benefit from learning about this topic and explore methods for ‘teaching’ this group, Discuss any existing cross-curricular links to support your particular topic. Discuss and evaluate resources and teaching methods. Design tests and evaluations for your final lesson. These could include formative as well as summative and be designed for the audience as well as the teacher to complete.

Create an individual report based on this investigation by the due date. Don't forget to cite all resources in MLA style. In addition, put a summary of your reports (combined) and your hyperlinked resources on the topic wiki page.


What will your final lesson look like? What artefact's will it contain? What language will you use to convey the message to your chosen audience?


Create a timeline and plan out how and when you create you lesson. Also, plan out the lesson and write a complete lesson plan detailing exactly what you will be teaching, in what order and with what tools.


Now comes the fun part! Create your lesson! Assemble and make your artifacts.
Present your lesson to our class before the winter break. Here is the roster:
Monday December 10
  1. Mohammed and Janek
  2. Ariana
  3. Tammam and Dillon
  4. Vishnu and Ali
Tuesday December 11
  1. Sara and Kiana
  2. Megan and Moza
  3. Talal and Faisal
  4. Joshua and Josia
  5. Aya and Aisha


How are you going to 'test' or evaluate your lesson?
Do you have a questionnaire or survey ready to give to participants? Are you asking ALL students to fill this in or just a sample?
Are you asking the teacher to fill in a different survey?
Attach your evaluation documents to your wiki page.


Digital Citizenship Unit Plan
Digital Citizenship Rubric and Assessment Criteria

Getting Started

This unit asks you to explore the concept and practice of digital citizenship and challenges you to share your findings with other members of our community.
Digital citizenship can be described as knowing how to behave appropriately and responsibly with regard to technology use.
Nine elements have been identified that together make up digital citizenship. These are:
  1. Digital Access: full electronic participation in society
  2. Digital Commerce: the buying and selling of goods online
  3. Digital Communication: the electronic exchange of information
  4. Digital Literacy: the capability to use digital technology and knowing when and how to use it
  5. Digital Etiquette: the standards of conduct expected by other digital technology users
  6. Digital Law: the legal rights and restrictions governing technology use
  7. Digital Rights and Responsibilities: the privileges and freedoms extended to all digital technology users, and the behavioural expectations that come with them
  8. Digital Health and Wellness: the elements of physical and psychological well-being related to digital technology use
  9. Digital Security: the precautions that all technology users must take to guarantee their personal safety and the security of their network

The aim of this unit is for students to explore one of the digital citizenship concepts listed above and, with a partner, create artefacts based on their research and present these via a wiki page(s) to a chosen audience. More details can be found on the Digital Citizenship wiki.

Web 2.0 Tools for Online Learning and Collaboration

Social Bookmarking

Watch this video to get started: Social Bookmarking in Plain English
Set up your own account with delicious and bookmark all of the good resources you find. Watch this YouTube video to learn how to do this. Don't forget to use tags logically. Learn more about social bookmarking.


Watch this introduction to blogging video.
Set up an account with
Read this wiki page on Blogging for Success.
Our community class blog can be found HERE on Eduspaces. Make sure you request to become a member.

Personal Learning Environment

A Personal Learning Environment is a place or places on the Internet where important information from and about the user is stored and where learning and interaction with others takes place using available online tools. It is a collection of resources and tools specifically chosen by the individual to be used for recording or documenting the journey of learning.

Setting up a PLE: What do you want to do?
  • Store pertinent information
  • Show development as a learner
  • Share personal experiences
  • Share resources: socialbookmarking, online images and multimedia files
  • Blog and interact
  • Collaborate with other students around the world

Personal Learning Environment using a wiki
Set up your own wiki
follow these instructions:
open this page:

Wikis in the Classroom

(do not go to independently)

You will find a form to fill in that looks like this:

  • For Space Name you must use your own name (first and last) joined into one work e.g. AhmedSmith
  • For Space Visibility select Protected (free)
  • Tick the Educational Use box
  • Now select Create

CONGRATULATIONS! You have just started your new wiki


Animoto: Online 30sec video creation

An interesting video to watch: The Machine is Us/ing Us