What does your online presence say about you? Is it a permanent reminder of an embarrassing night out? Or does it show off the positive journey you have made in your life? Digital footprint or digital tattoo?
I looked at my digital footprint; I googled myself and this came up:-
- Links to my Twitter page and a few posts
- A link to my Facebook page
- A link to my linkedin page
- A link to my COETAIL Blog
- A few photos of me from profile pages
- Links to other people called Joel Bevans
Apart from that not too much, phew!
What’s my reputation online?
My creative online presence has increased over the past 8 weeks of my COETAIL journey. I was a consumer happy to “lurk” I had a passive digital footprint. I read information, watched videos, wrote the occasional email, I liked photograph’s on Instagram or Facebook. I am becoming a creator of content, I am shaping my online reputation by following people on Twitter; commenting on other peoples blogs (COETIAL and non-COETail) and I am sharing information to my PLN. After lurking for too long I am giving back; I am creating a positive active digital footprint.
Your online presence is a modern day CV. Employers will look at your digital footprint to find more information about you.
Daniel Newman stated 80% of employers scanning for potential recruits use social media.
Digital footprint or digital tattoo?
So when I surf the internet, look at social media, check sports results, look at emails, simply log on to the internet I am leaving a digital footprint. Maybe it should be called a digital tattoo; what you post online is difficult to erase. This can make life especially difficult for people who are simply messing around.
It comes back to considering some key points:-
- The internet is public
- Private information can be passed on
- Once you post it, it’s no longer in your control
- Stop and consider the consequences before posting
- Even if you make you post private someone can make it public
- Be respectful of friends, photos of them are their property. Ask them before posting.
T: Is it True? H: Is it Helpful? I: Is it Inspiring? N: Is it Necessary? K: Is it Kind?
What happens in school?
As teachers we must evolve our pedagogy to include responsible use of technology. Edutopia speaks about modelling how we use tools such as Twitter, Google +, Facebook and blogging sites giving guidance to children for best practice. Edjudo talks about shaping a positive digital footprint. Giving children a safe platform to begin their journey. We are
These social and emotional ideas of respect, balance and safety are key ideas that run through everything that happens in the classroom. Children need to understand that good behaviour should be demonstrated online not just exhibited in the real world. Mark Barnes says Who knows what theirs is going to be, but they’re going to be creating content that’s going to be really important. I think teaching them at a young age how to do that effectively is really important.
Currently in my class we are blogging using our platform Kidblog – the children are creating content and sharing their thoughts and ideas with the wider world. For our class of 6 and 7 Years olds this is the beginning of their digital footprint.
We are about to begin a short unit of work named “Making Connections”. This will teach the children the skills to use social media in a positive manner, to comment and to look carefully at what they are posting. The project will allow the children to access the Out of Eden Learn Walk in January.
I am interested in using twitter in the classroom. Jeff Utechts’s Reach talks about Ms. Hellyer tweeting about the temperature around the world to her followers. Ms. Hellyer showed the children the power of a network and a connected teacher. I am beginning a new unit named Structures and Materials, I would like to try this method with my students to give them an understanding of the gravity of the internet if used correctly.
I am creating a digital tattoo but what will it say about me? Are you going to get one too? What will yours be like?