Digital Citizenship in Education

This unit of work was part of the Semester 1 Grade 9 MYP Technology course at Qatar Academy, 2007-8. Each link to a strand of digital citizenship below will reveal student work: research and lesson content as well as evaluation.

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
(from the book 'Digital Citizenship in Schools' by Mike Ribble and Gerald Bailey)

More resources for each topic can be found on the Digital Citizenship Homepage.

Project outline

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.


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 external image msword.png Gr9_MYPTech_DigitalCitizenship_0708.doc
Digital Citizenship Rubric and Assessment Criteria external image msword.png MYP_Technology_Assessment_Gr9_DigitalCitizenship_0708.doc