Evolution of Digital Footprints

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Presentation for pre-service teachers at the University of Lethbridge (Alberta, Canada). Coordinated by the Education Undergraduate Society (EUS)

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Evolution of Digital Footprints

  1. 1. Evolution of Digital Footprints Education Undergraduate Society Thursday, September 12, 2013 Kurtis Hewson University of Lethbridge
  2. 2. Where are we going? • Examining the evolution • Cleaning up your footprint • Establishing your professional footprint • Establishing a PLN
  3. 3. Examining the Evolution Footprint 1.0 – What is a digital footprint? • What I do can be accessed and followed? • Our online record (photos, comments, posts, websites) Footprint 2.0 – Don’t want a digital footprint • Never use your real name (pseudonym, online “mask”) • Erase your online presence Footprint 3.0 – Manage a digital footprint • Adding positive online content – taking control! • Establishing and contributing to a PLN
  4. 4. Cleaning Up Your Footprint • Google yourself • Regularly check yourself on Google – be aware of what’s there • Check on a computer other than yours • Investigate Google Alerts – lets you know hen your name appears • Check Privacy Settings • Investigate privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, other social media • Remove undesirable content • Untag yourself from photos • Delete questionable comments and posts • Utilize the “Grandma rule”
  5. 5. Cleaning Up Your Footprint • Google yourself • Regularly check yourself on Google – be aware of what’s there • Check on a computer other than yours • Investigate Google Alerts – lets you know hen your name appears • Check Privacy Settings • Investigate privacy settings on Facebook, Twitter, other social media • Remove undesirable content • Untag yourself from photos • Delete questionable comments and posts • Utilize the “Grandma rule”
  6. 6. Establishing your Professional Footprint
  7. 7. Establishing your Professional Footprint • Establish professional accounts • Set up a professional Twitter, Facebook, Google +/YouTube, LinkedIn • “Like” professional pages, follow ed hashtags, favorite teacher videos • Begin social bookmarking • Diigo, Delicious and others – begin bookmarking valuable sites • Comment • Share your supportive thoughts on blogs, videos, tweets • Share links and resources • Blog • Essentially becomes your online portfolio • Share thoughts, activities to build your teacher identity
  8. 8. More Than Getting That First Job… • Traditionally limited by geography and not often timely • Today, transcends distance, role and expertise Professional Learning Network (PLN) - Not a new concept
  9. 9. Why Start Now? • Supplement (or in some cases supplant) induction supports • Begin building your professional “brand” • Establish a strong network of professionals and supports prior to entering your first classroom
  10. 10. Further Support http://kurtishewson.wordpress.com Links related to suggested steps, graphic organizer, and additional resources Add me to your PLN! http://about.me/kurtishewson Next week: Establishing a PLN

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