Digital Footprint & Reputation
- Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world (from the MITECS Digital Citizen Competency 2a).
Loudoun County Public Schools in Virginia once did a campaign using the metaphor of tattoos as akin to the digital footprint. Once applied, a tattoo is permanent. Therefore it’s important to carefully choose what gets inked on one’s skin. The only difference is that tattoos can be covered over or in some cases removed with lasers. Posting online is forever. The resources and references in this table support reflection and preparation for helping students navigate their own digital footprints and reputation.
Digital Footprint & Reputation Overview and entry points into the toolkit.
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- Digital Footprint & Self Image, Common Sense Media
- View these helpful guides regarding the core topics that this toolkit section focuses on. Common Sense Media
- Find a variety of lessons on this topic: Digital Footprint - from grades K to 12. A place to start is this video.
- 10 Things Your Students Should Know About Their Digital Footprints. This article is good for a reflective discussion about the topic by teachers who think of ways to support their students of all ages. Older students from grades 6-12 could use a reading protocol to have reflective conversations on the topic after reading the article.
- Thing 5 - Digital Footprint
Choose some of these student-centric activities for learners to complete. Next, facilitate a reflective conversation about what they have learned from the experience.
- Modeling Constructive Online Behavior
The author provides insights on how to teach responsible use of different social media tools used for social and professional interactions.
- T.H.I.N.K. posters
This link gives you access to a Google image library for the concept: Think before you speak. Here is a copy for your own use, which you can adapt to your needs because of its creative commons license.
- The Wayback Machine
Use this site to show students how most web content is archived, even when assumed that it will be deleted. Another example is explained in “Find Your Old Tweets: How to See Your First Tweet” for tracking anyone’s posts on Twitter.
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