digital Footprint

Q3 Web Presence

5. Digital Footprint
Used with permission from Matt McCullough


You are now going to create your own web presence. A web presence does affect your digital footprint. Choose from the options provided: WeeblyGoogle Sites, or another site that your teacher would like you to use. Please note that students under the age of 13 are only allowed to have their own web page when created through special student accounts and with signed parental/guardian permission. You can also create a web page that you do not publish/share to the Internet for others to see just for the experience and practice.

I Can Statements

  • create a professional web presence
  • use a design process to decide what to put on my website

Key Vocabulary

Design process: The design process is a systematic problem-solving strategy that designers follow to come up with a solution to a problem

Web presence: Once you have posted on the web, you now have a web presence. This cannot be deleted as there will always be a digital trace that can be found by various searching techniques..

Play the Vocabulary Game below to practice the Key Vocabulary

You can change the Quiz mode to Match, Test, Learn, Flash Cards, Spell using the selection list at the bottom right of the activity that says "Choose a Study Mode". Direct Link.


Part One

Start by using a design process developed by NASA shown below before you put anything online.

A. Identify the problem: Design an appropriate website that is an introduction page about yourself. This should include information about you, and could include your future goals, career objective, education, interests, and skills. Think of this as a mini-online resume.

B. Brainstorm solutions: Brainstorm your own ideas (on paper or computing device). Then share your brainstorm with a partner to get their suggestions.

C. Select a design or build a model or prototype: Create a draft of your ideal web site, writing out what you want to say, what web sites you will link to, and images you want to include (being sure to follow copyright rules).

D. Test and Evaluate: Test and evaluate your design by showing it to a small group of classmates where you each explain your own designs and content. Take turns and ask questions and offer suggestions to help your classmate improve their design.

E. Optimize the design: Optimize your design by making the changes suggested to improve it.

F. Share the solution: Share or post your final design with your teacher.

Part Two

1. Check with your teacher to see if there is a preferred tool (e.g., Weebly, Google Sites, or alternate) for creating a web presence.

2. Part of creating your portfolio is to develop a web presence that has a professional purpose: demonstrating your tech-savvy skills and knowledge to others. Portraying yourself accurately and appropriately is important.  Choose a website tool to create your web presence.

3. When you have chosen a website tool, go to the site and create an account (use the tutorials below as needed) 

HOT TIP: Avoid sharing your last name; your user name should never include your first and last name. A better choice is your first name followed by your last initial.

4. Use your final design completed in Step One and use it for the web page. Do not publish it until your teacher and/or guardian has checked it over with you.






Weebly - The easiest way to create a website.

Weebly Tutorials

  Google Sites - A free and easy way to create and share websites. 

  Google Sites Tutorial



Completing this Quest

You are well on your way to having a web presence. Make sure your web presence website is saved in your social bookmarking account and share your account information with your teacher. Your teacher may have special instructions for submitting your web presence; confirm receipt of your website with your teacher before returning for your badge.

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

  I have completed this assignment. I am ready for Quest 4, Getting Social.

1. Things 6 (Cybersafety), 14 (Social Networking), and 20. Global Collaboration all offer more information on what not to share online.

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, developing strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes

2. Digital Citizen
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security

6. Creative Communicator
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose digital resources into new creations