Grade 9 Semester 2

Qatar Academy 2007-2008

Digital Citizenship Challenge

This unit follows the IBO MYP Technology curriculum guide
  • Area of Interaction: Community and Service
  • Guiding Questions: What are the issues with being online? 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
Digital Citizenship Unit Plan msword.png
Digital Citizenship Rubric and Assessment Criteria msword.png

Digiteen Ning
Digiteen Wiki

STOP PRESS: Lesson Schedule for Grade 4 and 5

Monday June 2, Lesson 3

  • Student Learning Team A - Adam, Amira Aisha - (Mrs Bray, Grade 5E)
  • Student Learning Team B - Abdullatif, Ahmed, Haya - (Mr Kruger, Grade 5A)

Tuesday June 3, Lesson 4

  • Student Life Outside Team - Najwa, Riona, Maria (Mr Douglas, Grade 4A)
  • Student Environment Team A - Maryam, Rory, Felix - (Mrs Larsen, Grade 4E)
  • Student Environment Team B - Hess, Spencer, Juan - (Ms Lynn, Grade 4D)


By June 5!

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
  • Make sure EVERY multimedia artifact is clearly labeled and accredited
  • Needs to be added to the Ning as an individual blog post and then hyperlinked to from your wiki lesson.
  • 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
    • What impact could your lesson have on others around the world?
    • Write a paragraph about Homo Faber: what was your motivation for creating your product, what impact has/will it have on the world?

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. We will also be communicating and collaborating with 2 other classrooms in other parts of the world and sharing ideas about this topic.
The aim of this unit is for students to explore one of the digital citizenship concepts listed below and, with a partner or two, create artefacts based on research and present these via a wiki page(s) to a chosen audience.

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


'Growing Up Online' produced for Frontline by PBS, January 2008

News Item class task

March 17
The aim of this task is to get you out on the Internet finding recent news and items of interest about the topics above.
Follow these guidelines:
  • Research your topic and find a recent news item or blog post
  • Start a new blog post in Blogger
  • Discuss the article and hyperlink to it (do not paste the full URL in the post, hyperlink to the title
  • Discuss the main issue(s)
  • Discuss possible solution(s)

Overview of topic task

Write an individual blog post on explaining what your topic is all about and what it means. Make this clear so that everyone can understand exactly what 'digital.....' is.
This should include:
  • hyperlinks to general resources to do with your topic (explain briefly why these resources are relevant)
  • hyperlinks to 2 recent news items to do with your topic (with brief explanation as to why these were chosen)

Now add content from this blog post to the wiki page for your topic under 1. Overview/Description of the various aspects of the topic
Remember that the wiki page will be where you collaborate with team members and help edit each others work.

Homework April 1

Citizen Journalism Task

Mrs Lindsay will not be at school on Tuesday April 1, therefore this task is designed to keep you working and exploring developments, issues and solutions for digital citizenship topics.

On your blog explore the concept and practice of 'citizen journalism' and answer these questions.
  1. What is citizen journalism? Write a 2-sentence explanation and link to TWO good definitions online.
  2. How can you become a citizen journalist? What tools do you need? How do you communicate? Who will read/view your story/images? Can you make money out of this?? Give hyperlinks to resources used answering these questions.
  3. What are the issues to do with citizen journalism? Here are some to get started:
    • Journalism as a career - not so important anymore?
    • Privacy and rights of citizens - are you invading these?
    • Immediacy - should everything go online as it happens?
  4. Find ONE good picture online taken by a citizen journalists and explain its context.

Start your research with these bookmarks on delicious - Citizen Journalism

Homework April 29

You have been working hard on this project and getting used to communicating with people who are not face-to-face with you. I can see also that you are starting to put excellent content on your team wiki page. Next week you will be in London on a school trip so here is what I expect you to have completed before you go:

- Make sure you have contributed in ALL areas of the template on the wiki page for your team
- Add at least one discussion comment to the wiki tab...and reply to conversations started by others. This is the place you discuss the topic and content on the wiki
- Sometimes there are issues amongst team members eg deletion of work on the wiki. Always try to sort these issues out via communication and discussion
- Your blog post for this week should be an observation on the progress of the project combined with sharing information about social and ethical issues to do with your topic. So, share a resource that highlights an issue and talk about your activity with the Digiteen project and interaction with others.
Special request - post your blog post to the Ning as well as Blogger this week.

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 introduction to blogging video.
Set up an account with
Read this wiki page on Blogging for Success.

Recording Audio

Use Audacity software, export as an MP3 file ready to upload. Watch video tutorials about how to use Audacity on Atomic Learning. The login information is - ID: qataracad PW: doha
Use these questions as a guide to record your short audio track:
  • What does being a digital citizen mean to you?
  • What are the main issues you know of that we need to be aware of when 'growing up online'
  • How important is being online to you?

Audio Recording Task (to be completed by the end of February)
  1. Use the software and guidelines above and record a 1-2 minute audio piece. (Make sure you can hear what you are saying and that there is no loud music or sounds preventing your message coming across).
  2. Save it as an Audacity file, then Export is as an MP3 file.
  3. Join and upload your MP3 introduction.
  4. Go to the page of this upload and you will find HTML code that can be embedded into your blog.
  5. Start a new blog post and discuss how you created your introduction. Embed the HTML code using the 'Edit HTML' tab in The code should start with <embed src=
  6. This is what it will look like once you have it on your blog. You will need to go to Preview to see the actual widget.