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Teaching Digital Citizenship to Our Community and the World

Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 3

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, June 24, 3:00–5:00 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 3

Cecilia De la Calle   Roberta González Ulloa   Isabela Aja Gómez   Roberta Madrazo Ibarra   María Martínez Beristain   Erika Miller Coello  
People's Choice winner. Hear how our students created a public iTunesU course to teach educators, parents and younger students about digital citizenship.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Tablet: iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: iTunes U
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: 6-8
Subject area: Social studies, Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Digital Citizen
  • Students demonstrate an understanding of and respect for the rights and obligations of using and sharing intellectual property.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
Additional detail: Student presentation

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

It is well known that a great way to learn something is by teaching it to someone else. For this reason, elementary students become experts in digital citizenship by taking control of the classroom and creating an online course using the iTunes U platform. Highlands Institute is an Apple Distinguished School that runs a 1:1 technology program with iPads, and promotes the practice of Challenge Based Learning. With this, students proposed to create a course in a well known platform for them (iTunesU), where they could teach their elementary school peers and other children around the world about digital citizenship. They went through a whole process from researching what it means to be a digital citizen and detecting the faults and problems in their school, to figuring out what a lesson plan is about, and creating their lesson plans and each and every resource used for teaching. Students created their resources such as videos, images, videogames and infographics using creation tools such as (iMovie, GarageBand, Photo editors, VideoScribe, Scratch...), and carefully planning their lessons according to the grade that they had to teach. After the whole planning and creation, they implemented their course, by training their school teachers to apply the course with their class. At the end of the course, they evaluated it, fixing the faults found. Later on, the course is published in the public iTunes U site so that many other schools and children around the world can benefit from their course and learn about digital citizenship. With this session, participants will be able to recognize the greatest evidence of success of this project: students autonomy and skill development, along with their global collaborator sense of shearing their work and learning with others.


Elementary students became experts in digital citizenship by taking control of the classroom and creating an online course using the iTunes U platform. With this session, students intend to share with participants and the world their knowledge about digital citizenship, providing them a whole online course with authentic resources and sharing their experience with this project. Through the use of technology, students deliver all of their research, imagination, learning, creation and problem solving skills to create the lesson plan and resources that allow them and their students to understand what is digital citizenship and it importance in our everyday life. This course is a reflection of students development in the use of technology, ESL and Social Skills, along with their commitment to share with the world the importance of being a good digital citizen.

Supporting research

- Davis, V. (2014). What Your Students Really Need to Know About Digital Citizenship. Retrieved September 4, 2017 from - Lander, J. (2016). Students as Teachers. Harvard Graduate School of Education. Retrieved: September 4th, 2017 from - MindShift, (2016). What Teachers Can Gain When Students Design the Lessons. Retrieved August 23, 2017 from: - PERC: Teens Teaching, Leading, Succeeding. - Ribble, M. (2015). Digital citizenship in schools : nine elements all students should know. Eugene, Oregon: International Society for Technology in Education.

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Cecilia De la Calle, Instituto Highlands México
Roberta González Ulloa, Instituto Highlands México
Isabela Aja Gómez, Instituto Highlands
Roberta Madrazo Ibarra, Highlands International School
María Martínez Beristain, Instituto Highlands
Erika Miller Coello, Instituto Highlands

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