During our third week in our Social Networking class, we were asked to explore digital footprints take a call of action by:
- Research our own digital footprint
- Reflect upon our lives in a world where digital footprints are inevitable
- Share what we discovered when researching our own digital footprint
- Research digital footprints in academic articles
- Formulate a plan (10 individual strategies with supporting references) to develop a positive professional online presence & ensure that your reputation remains “safe” and positive.
Artifact Part 1: My Digital Footprint
Upon researching my own digital footprint, the only thing I found is this blog site I am writing upon today, with my educational technology portfolio. After narrowing down my search by including “Boise” (the city where I am from) in my search, I found a couple other articles that referenced me. One is the meeting minutes of a square dancing club here in Boise with notes to contact me if anyone in the square dancing club would like to volunteer in our fourth-grade rendezvous event. Another is the meeting notes to the Board of my high school that includes a petition for me to graduate a year early.
I have a 2 Facebook accounts, an Instagram, 2 Twitter accounts, and a SnapChat account among others. I have found that having two Facebook accounts, one for my professional use and another for personal use helps me ensure that I am cautious of my posts. I also have made all of these accounts private and regularly ensure that nothing is visible unless you have specific permission. That being said, living in the USA is now synonymous with “living in a digital world”, my parents who did not have social media accounts until last year, have been on Facebook for many years prior on other people’s posts. It is no longer simply a manner of ensuring that you
That being said, living in the USA is now synonymous with “living in a digital world”, my parents who did not have social media accounts until last year, have been on Facebook for many years prior on other people’s posts. It is no longer simply a manner of ensuring that you only post what you would feel comfortable being “broadcasted on the daily news” but that your behavior, in general, is one that you feel comfortable sharing. Being in education brings that up a notch, as our public image is one that we can never truly escape, everywhere we go we can encounter a student, colleague, parent, or prior students, colleagues, or parents. Because of the wonderful impact we have on
Being in education brings that up a notch, as our public image is one that we can never truly escape, everywhere we go we can encounter a student, colleague, parent, or prior students, colleagues, or parents. Because of the wonderful impact we have on so many lives, we are also in the public eye of so many people, that is something we should remember. Students and everyone around us have a glimpse of our lives, based on our digital footprint.
Artifact Part 2: Digital Footprint Plan
- Who is the digital you?: To begin creating a plan to create/ensure a positive professional online presence you must first begin by finding who you are online by “Googling” yourself. This should be done regularly on various different search engines. (Linaker, 2016)
- If it’s not nice…nothing at all: “Accentuate the Positive” (Creating, 2015) by avoiding wording that can come across as unreasonable, illogical, or closed minded by avoiding harsh criticism and keeping language positive.
- Use it: Creating online lessons such as webquests, video lessons, interactive lessons, etc are the exact type of things you want your signature on online. These online lessons & the sharing of these lessons via networking are the keys to our positive digital footprint as educators and demonstrate our professionalism. (Costa & Torres, 2011)
- Build the Brand: “Building a teacher brand can feel like an act of hubris that goes against a core teacher value: humility.” Teachers are known to be selfless givers and “tooting ones own horn” is tough to do for some however if you share what you do online others can benefit and it serves as a form of self reflection which is vital for growth. (EdSurge, 2015)
- Find your Tribe: The internet serves many purposes but one of the most powerful is it’s enabling of making connections. Using the internet to join groups for various different purposes being personal or professional has the power to change the world. When forces are joined, change occurs. (Creating, 2015)
- Go Old School: A good connection online can take you places, there is no doubt about it. However, there still is something about that face to face connection. Don’t forget to publish your work and then let others put your face to your name by being present at conferences and even taking it a step further by presenting! (EdSurge, 2015)
- Evolve: Mother Nature and the internet both do a wonderful job of modeling evolution. Encouraging us to “be a flexible, life-long learner, willing to accept and embrace change, willing to make a mistake and be wrong” (Stansbury, 2011). The internet facilitates and demands that we evolve, we must seek change, growth, and move with the motions if we are to succeed.
- Paint the Best Picture: Paint the best picture of yourself, not an inaccurate picture but the best picture. What you want people to see and ultimately judge you by, because this is what will be occuring. Keeping personal information off the internet is best practice, the internet is not a personal journal of self reflection but a record of your life as others will perceive it. (Kuehn, 2010)
- Lead: The children of today know not of a time before the internet, before their lives were broadcasted (without their consent and even knowledge), before selfies. Therefore, it is our job to be the example, beign a part of the online world is what we owe to our children, so we can help them navigate the digital world we created for them. (Kuehn, 2010)
- Prepare & Plan: Always have a plan for when things don’t go as planned. The internet is the digital world and things never go as planned in the world. Being prepared for criticism, spreading of false informatin, and for the times when “things don’t go as planned”. (Wainwright, 2012)
AECT Standard 5.3 Collaborative Practice:In order to write this blog post and conduct this reflection I had to research and ensure that I continuously practice using accepted professional and institutional guidelines and procedures.
Costa, C., & Torres, R. (2011). To be or not to be, the importance of digital identity in the networked society. Educação, Formação & Tecnologias-ISSN 1646-933X, 47-53.
Creating a positive online presence. (2015). San Diego State University. Retrieved from: http://bit.ly/2dsn32P.
How to Build Your Teacher Brand (EdSurge News). (2015, December 23). Retrieved September 26, 2016, from: https://goo.gl/n1E4gO
Kuehn, L. (2010). Manage your digital footprint. Teacher Newsmagazine, 23(3).
Linaker, E. (2016). How to develop a digital presence for professional success. Entrepreneur Middle East. Retrieved from https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/275398.
Stansbury, M. (2011). Five characterisitcs of an effective 21st-century educator. E-School News. Retrieved from: https://goo.gl/vvMi1
Wainwright, S. (2012). 5 tips to build an online reputation. Business to community. Retrieved from: https://goo.gl/Mju2LP