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Digital Tattoo: for VSB Educators


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This was a presentation on issues related to digital identity for educators from the Vancouver School Board.

This was a presentation on issues related to digital identity for educators from the Vancouver School Board.

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  • Given it’s prominence in the press, maybe Facebook is something we’re all well aware of that this stage……but how many of you also blog? Tweet? Have a cell phone or mobile device? Do you use location aps? Ever bought anything online? How about a Netflix account? iTunes? Amazon?  Many of these are optimized for collecting data about you and creating a profile that allows companies to taylor their advertising toward your interests? Do you love the convenience or does this occasionally concern you? What about your library patrons? ..or your children, parents or grandparents?You do have a digital identity, some of which you control and some of which is controlled by others. If I searched your name online right now, what might I find out about you?
  • Participants find a partner and search each other’s names online.
  • We interviewed students on campus and asked them what we’d find out about them online. This video is a good reflection of the typical responses we get in UBC student workshops… [click to play]
  • TrishHere’s what you might find out about Jen…Mostly to do with my work for DT.2nd one is classic racy Facebook photo of someone else with the same name. Does it matter? Can I defend this? As a future graduate in search of work, should I be concerned about this? Would someone mistake this for me?Last one is my academic work (with 2 U of A students for an online course! Maybe you’re in the crowd somewhere today :) If we ask students to publish their academic work online will this also have lasting consequences (good or bad)? Is this work recognized/judged as part of a learning process?
  • Some other useful resources you can access via these slides include…
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    • 1. Highly Visible and Hard to Remove
      Trish Rosseel
      Cindy Underhill
    • 2.
    • 3. Meaning in context
    • 4. Highly visible…
    • 5. …and hard to remove!
    • 6. What’s Your Attitude?
      Given the experiences and preferences you brought to this session, how would you describe your attitude about the school’s role related to digital identity among students?
    • 10. What’s your digital tattoo?
      If Facebook were a country,
      it would be the third largest in the world,
      between the United States (~300 million) and India (~1.2 billion)!
    • 11. What’s Your Digital Tattoo?
    • 12. What’s your digital tattoo?
    • 13. Activity 1:Your Digital Tattoo?
      Search your name/partner’s name using:
      • Google (select for images, movies, etc. too)
      • 14.
      • 15.
      • 16. MIT’s Personas at
      Consider your impressions of this person based on what you found online.
      • What did you find?
      • 17. Was this an accurate representation?
      • 18. What concerns were raised?
    • 19. UBC Students’ Perspectives…
      View at
    • 20. Jen’s Perspective
    • 21. Broad Context
      Some things haven’t changed…
      People continue to redefine their personal and professional identities as organizations and technologies change.
      We still search for social connections and validation.
      Youth are still exploring and experimenting with risky behavior.
      What has changed is the fact that there could very well be a
      permanent record of all of this, one with implications that
      can't be predicted or controlled. Common Sense Media
    • 22. Online activity takes place
      before a vast audience
    • 23. Consider this...
      • How many of your students have mobile devices with photo/video options?
      • 24. Search for “Vancouver riot” on Flickr reveals more than 10,000 entries.
      • 25. What are the implications for this young person?
    • 26. Visits to
      Last month....
    • 27. The audience can be invisible
      and anonymous
    • 28. Content is replicable in a world of…
      copy and paste, @RT, forward, share, <embed>
    • 29. Examples: Posting, Cutting, Pasting, Tagging is Easy-Peasy!
      Good judgment develops over time. The internet on its own doesn’t reflect process – just product.
    • 30. Connect, collaborate
      and network
      Build community/
      learn together
      Access a wide range
      of people/resources
    • 31. As Educators...
      Personal networks
      Learning network!
    • 32. Case Study: Wendy Drexler’s Class
      Theme 1: Networks
      • Are there benefits to expanding
      learning networks beyond the class?
      • Are there risks/challenges?
      Theme 2: Collaboration
      • Have we moved beyond competition to collaboration?
      Theme 3: Openness
      • What does openness mean to traditional roles of teacher/student?
      Does open mean more diverse and if so, how? If not why?
      What questions does the video raise for you?
      Digital Tattoo:
      Networks For Learning
    • 33. As Professionals...
      The government approach
      the practical approach
      The collective approach
    • 34. Consider: your view as part of a larger profession
      In groups of 3, discuss:
      Are current standards and ethics enough?
      Who do you look for in providing guidelines around issues related to personal/professional boundaries?
      Do you feel protected/vulnerable?
    • 35. Attitude Shift?
      Have any of your initial attitudes about the school’s role in digital identity issues changed?
      How would you describe your attitude now?
    • 39. Resources
      Rego, B. (2009). Teachers Guide to Using Facebook.
      Social Media Guideleines: a Collective Approach
       boyd, danah. 2009. "Social Media is Here to Stay... Now What?" Microsoft Research Tech Fest, Redmond, Washington, February 26. Retrieved March 10, 2009:
      Review/re-use this presentation:
    • 40. For Your Reference...
      Digital Tattoo
      Pew Internet Research
      danah boyd | apophenia
      This is Me
      Open Thinking
      Frontline: Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier
      Common Sense Media (for educators)
      Statistics Canada - Socio-demographic factors influencing use of the Internet)
      Social Network Site Privacy: A Comparative Analysis of Six Sites. The Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada
    • 41. Photo credits
      • Arm and Ink | Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved September 24, 2010, from
      • 42. Candy Coloured Tunnel on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved May 6, 2010, from
      • 43. Liverpool Street station crowd blur on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved May 6, 2010, from
      • 44. Repeating Shadows on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved May 6, 2010, from
      • 45. The art of possibility on Flickr - Photo Sharing! (n.d.). . Retrieved May 6, 2010, from