digital Footprint

Q1 Your Footprint & AI

5. Digital Footprint

When using digital resources it is critical that everyone acts and models digital citizenship in ways that are responsible, safe, legal and ethical and don't cause harm to others.

This part of the Digital Footprint Quest challenges you to consider the advantages and disadvantages of the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the potential impact on your footprint.


  • Can AI impact your Digital Footprint?
  • How might it impact how others view you?

Think about these two questions as you play the video, Fake or Real. Direct link to the video (4:17).  ProProf  7-Question Quiz for the video (use the password: footprint).

Potential Problems with AI & Generative AI

Fact: Generative AI can create something new based on the data set it is given. 

Here is an example of where a data set impacted hiring practices:

Amazon was using an online recruiting tool that used AI to help evaluate applications. AI was used to help "rate" job applications from 1-5 stars. The algorithm was based on the number of resumes submitted for a software engineer over the past 10 years, and the candidates that were hired. The When the hiring system process was examined they found it was biased towards men. Why do you think that happened? 

The information (data) that a machine is trained with can bring about: 

  • Bias and discrimination
  • Data privacy and security issues because the data is not always accurate or current
  • Misinformation and manipulation

Some Advantages of Artificial Intelligence For Students

Classroom activity:

Take turns and share (or demonstrate if possible) how you have used an AI resource for one of the following:

  • Auto-correct, Spellcheck, Grammar check
  • Facial Detection
  • Google Assistant / Siri / Alexa
  • Google Maps
  • Predictive Text (typing)
  • Assist in generating ideas
  • Solving math problems with examples
  • Customer Service Chatbots
  • Customized online learning
  • Some other AI resource you think of

Your Footprint, Digital Resources, and AI

Your Digital Footprint is the trail of information that you leave behind when using digital resources and AI. This includes

  • the websites you visit
  • the posts you make on social media
  • the data you share online.

It's important to remember that your digital footprint can have lasting effects on your reputation and future opportunities.

AI, or artificial intelligence, is a powerful technology that is increasingly being used to greatly improve various aspects of society. However, it's important to understand how AI works and the potential ethical concerns that may arise.

By being knowledgeable about digital citizenship and AI, you can make informed decisions and contribute positively to the digital world. 

MITECS Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using using technology
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security

7. Global Collaborator
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal