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Supporting Teachers & Students in the Curation of Their Digital Footprint


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Supporting Teachers & Students in the Curation of Their Digital Footprint

  1. 1. Supporting Teachers & Students in the Curation of their Digital Footprint Sandy Kendell Instructional Technology Specialist Georgetown ISD Twitter: Blog: TCEA 2012 Campus Leadership Academy Breakout Session
  2. 2. Who is your presenter?
  3. 3. What is a Digital Footprint? Electronic evidence of individuals that is created, transmitted, and posted through various tools such as: • social networking sites - Facebook, Twitter, etc • blogs – writing them & commenting on them • texting, online chat, & email • digital images, photos, & videos • virtual worlds & games Your digital footprint is primarily created by you, but it can be contributed to by others who post information about you.
  4. 4. Your digital footprint is most accessible online…
  5. 5. …virtually forever… Did you know all Twitter posts (Tweets) are now archived by the Library of Congress?
  6. 6. What got me to thinking about Digital Footprints a couple of years ago… Digital Footprint Video
  7. 7. With our teachers and students, we often emphasize what NOT to do online. This is important, of course! • What are you posting online? • Where are you posting it? • Who can see it? Copy it? • What might they do with it? • How would others react to it? o o Online viewers don’t know the real you Funny to you may = offensive to someone else
  8. 8. We should help keep them informed through: • Sharing big changes to social media sites like Facebook. o Have your stakeholders scrubbed their timelines yet? How are their privacy settings? Could this be a learning opportunity for your teachers and students? • Sharing stories of digital footprint mistakes. o o A teacher fired for a photo on Facebook A high school student Tweet heard ‘round Kansas
  9. 9. • Sharing statistics on how their digital footprint can impact their futures. • Reminding them anyone can copy information from their profiles at any time. (Do they personally know everyone they’ve friended online?)
  10. 10. Your Turn! What are some ways you can keep your faculty and students regularly informed on digital footprint/online reputation topics?
  11. 11. Don’t forget.... There is a positive side to digital footprint, too! We need to balance the warnings with opportunities…
  12. 12. We can help our teachers and students increase their digital literacy and build a solid digital footprint… • Showcase their talents • Demonstrate passion about their interests • Leave tracks that will increase future learning & earning opportunities or college!
  13. 13. It begins with you! As a leader, do you have an online professional presence? • Online interaction can increase your understanding • • of digital footprint Do you read professional blogs or magazines online and comment on them? If you are professionally active online, do you share your learnings (& how you learned them) with your teachers & students? • You can serve as a role model & have “street cred” • • when you encourage others You have important things to share Twitter is an easy place to start
  14. 14. Check out these teacher leaders crafting a digital footprint… • Eric Sheninger, principal, New Milford High School, New Milford, NJ (Don’t miss his post on Twitter in education…) • Chris Kennedy, Superintendent of Schools, West Vancouver, BC (He has a neat post on superintendents as blog leaders…) • Jessica Johnson, elementary principal in rural Wisconsin (In addition to reflecting on educational practice, she likes to spread the word about Twitter…) • George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for Parkland School Division (He has a page on his site detailing the many facets of his digital footprint…)
  15. 15. Don’t be intimidated by the extent of others’ online presence… Pick one thing – reading & commenting on others’ blogs, Twitter, or posting to a simple blog – and give it a try… Everyone has to start somewhere!
  16. 16. Help teachers and students establish positive digital footprints… Encourage teachers to blog & use blogs in the classroom – they can reflectively write about education practice and/or communicate with parents and others about what is going on in their classroom. • Resources: See the next slide for links to resources which will help teachers get into blogging! Cool Cat Teacher • A GeekyMomma’s Blog • I Want to Teach Forever • Mrs. Yollis’ Classroom Blog • There are way too many examples to list!
  17. 17. Ideas for getting teachers & students started with blogging… • Learning About Blogs FOR Your Students – This series of blog posts takes teachers through a series of experiences designed to help them understand blogging in educational settings. • Three Purposes for Classroom Blogs • Blogging Unit for Download – A series of lessons for teaching students about blogging. Aimed at elementary, but the concepts are easily adaptable to older students. Image credit • Learning to Blog Using Paper – Another approach which teaches students about blogging before they ever touch a computer. • 10 Steps to Get Teachers into Blogs – Some of these ideas might inspire your own ideas!
  18. 18. Help teachers and students establish positive digital footprints… Encourage collaborative online projects in your schools. This will also help meet the new Technology Applications TEKS. o o Students are required to “use communication tools that allow for anytime, anywhere access to interact, collaborate, or publish with peers locally and globally” as early as grades K-2! Adds to the online footprint of both teachers and students
  19. 19. Collaborative online project ideas… • Flat Classroom Projects Flat Classroom Projects are teacher-led, award-winning opportunities for students to collaborate globally. Teachers can apply to become Flat Classroom Certified. • Find a cause and turn it into a project (these are often best spontaneously generated, but you can be on the lookout & nudge people!) o Cards for Kenya – from students in Eldorado, Texas o 25 Days to Make A Difference o Many Voices for Darfur
  20. 20. Individual student (and teacher) footprints… Colleges and employers are looking for evidence of character and learning through digital resumes and ePortfolios. Find ways to work these into your curriculum and teach students tools for curating their online presence. • ePortfolio Examples: o High School Senior Internship Portfolios – uses Google sites o Anthony Chivetta – individually created website o Senior Portfolio Emily Rempel – uses LiveBinders o ePortfolio Examples – using Google Apps; further links on this site provide ePortfolio background info and how-tos • Project Share Epsilen provides a tool for students and teachers to create an online portfolio. • Students can create 21st Century Resumes • Article: The Power of a Positive Digital Footprint for Students.
  21. 21. Summing it All Up Whether we're comfortable with it or not, digital footprints—which Richardson defines as "online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know"—are an inevitable by-product of life in a connected world. Instead of teaching students [and teachers] to be afraid of what others can learn about them online, let's teach them how digital footprints can quickly connect them to the individuals, ideas, and opportunities that they care most about. – William Ferriter [Words in brackets added by presenter]
  22. 22. Supporting Teachers & Students in the Curation of their Digital Footprint Sandy Kendell Instructional Technology Specialist Georgetown ISD Twitter: Blog: TCEA 2012 Campus Leadership Academy Breakout Session