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WEEK 5, PART 2: DIGITAL FOOTPRINT-PRIVACY

September 22, 2015

Part two of our look into digital footprints involves being aware of how our privacy settings allow others to access information we may not be aware of or want released. The Internet Society has a helpful post with a video link to explain how companies and strangers access our information and what they can do with it.

Your assignment for the week is to do a search on yourself. What can you find through Google or other search engines? Is there more than one person with your name? Once you find information about yourself, determine if it is information you’d like to have found about you by potential employers, college admissions counselors or scholarship grantors.

Write a blog post about your findings and about what you can do to create a positive digital footprint to move your schooling and career forward. Also reflect on your privacy settings and discuss what changes you may make to your habits and to your social media privacy settings and what you hope that will accomplish.

As usual, draft in Google docs, share with a peer for feedback, then share with me.

Remember, there is more than one purpose to sharing your writing with a peer. Besides getting feedback for your own writing, you and everyone else in class are seeing the writing of others. That practice will provide examples of how others’ minds work. You’ll see how your classmates interpretted the assignment, perhaps differently than you did. You may get new ideas from them. You’ll also see different types of writing, some better, some not as good, some, simply different. The practice of editing another’s work helps you improve your own. Please do not neglect this important link to your learning.

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WEEK 5: DIGITAL FOOTPRINT – YOUR E-REPUTATION

September 21, 2015

Challenge yourself with a couple of non-rhetorical questions:

  1. How are you preparing for life after high school, whether you go to college, technical school or straight into the workforce? Make a list.
  2. What do the words “digital footprint” or “digital tattoo” mean to you? Make a list.

Now, what does one have to do with the other? After defining what a digital footprint is – the positives and the negatives of a digital footprint – you should see that decreasing the negative aspects and increasing the positive aspects should be a part of the first list.

To help you understand some of what composes your digital footprint/tattoo, watch the following video:

Some of what goes into your digital footprint is unavoidable, but much can be controlled by you and should be:

Not actively creating a positive digital footprint can have undesirable consequenses:

What would you want your digital footprint to include when college admissions officers or prospective employers are checking out your background? As a high school junior or senior? What about five to eight years from now? Make a list.

Next you will role play as college admissions teams and look at two student profiles. The two are about equal in grades, test scores and personal essays, and it comes down to content found in an online search. After discussing within small groups, you will come back together to discuss results.

Consider how this activity and what you have learned may affect how you view your own digital footprint.

WEEK 10: EXPLORING THE TWITTERVERSE

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You think you know Twitter, and I know some of you do. However, there are uses for Twitter you may not have discovered yet these uses can promote your digital footprint in a positive way and ramp up your learning experiences as well. The goal this week – and remember that many of you are starting in a different place – is to start a Twitter account, being mindful of branding, and begin to build your Personal Learning Network (PLN)

Monday: Twitter presentation

Tuesday-Thursday: Start a Twitter account or, if you have one already, consider the discussion on branding and make any changes that would more accurately reflect what you would like people to know about you. Find entities to follow that will expand your PLN (not classmates at this time). Who can you learn from? Many publications have Twitter accounts, as do colleges and non-profit organizations. By Friday, post a #FF tweet (#FollowFriday) with five new folks to follow, and post this to your blog as well, including information about them and why you chose to follow them. Include these new tweeps in a tweet on Friday, giving them a shout-out. They just may follow you back.

The object is not only for you to find good uses for this often misused social media app, but to be able to use it to develop a PLN and research for your Passion Project (and anything else that might come up for other classes or interests). Catherine Pope posted an article on The Digital Researcher in June that goes more in depth about researching with Twitter as a tool. Reading this article will help you see more ways you can use Twitter for research, and you are encouraged to reflect on the article’s content in your #FF post this week. You should also include how Twitter has or might help you, specifically, in your project.

Happy Twittering, and don’t forget to post an update to your Passion Project!

WEEK 5: YOUR DIGITAL TATTOO

Sept. 13, 2014

This week, we’ll learn about digital tattoos, also known as digital footprints. The difference in the analogies is that tattoos are permanent, as are the marks you leave in the digital world that are associated with you.

Monday: We will quickly review important aspects of blogging that you were introduced to last week. Then it’s time to think about our Digital Tattoos. What’s a digital tattoo, called a dossier in the following video?

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you?

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

Tuesday: Your assignment is to write a post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your digital tatoo, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital tattoo for others to find? What will the plan include?

Wednesday: We will begin working on a new project to be posted later, but if you haven’t finished your post on building up a positive digital tattoo or digital dossier, use any spare time for that.

Week 6 – Digital Footprints

February 10, 2014

This week, we’ll learn about digital footprints. Check back later as more develops on the lesson.

Monday: Today is a catch up day. Several of you are behind by an assignment or two or some personal posts. Take advantage of today’s extra time, and catch up!

Tuesday: Time to think about our Digital Footprints. What’s a digital footprint? Check out this video:

Hear a response from someone your own age about being aware of how your own digital footprint can affect you:

http://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/abbass-story-pride-in-your-digital-footprint

And, finally, Diane Sawyer reports on the negatives to a not-so-great digital footprint:

Now, take the Google yourself challenge. If you were an admissions officer or a potential employer or a potential date, what could you find on yourself? Is it what you would like people to see about you?

http://www.backgroundcheck.org/the-google-yourself-challenge/

Wednesday: Your assignment is to write a post on your homepage about what you found on yourself. Is it what you expected? Is it what you want others to see? If you were going to improve it by adding positive content to your DF, what can you do? Can you develop a plan for actively creating a positive digital footprint for others to find? What will the plan include?

Thursday – Friday: Continue working on your Digital Footprint post assignment, and don’t forget to add a personal post to your personal post page by Friday.