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Futurecasting for Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, & Creative


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Digital Citizenship through Self-Awareness

FutureCasting™ is a curriculum of “life skills” that enables individuals of all ages to take control of their digital identity and personal reputation, identify the value systems that influence choices, define personal and professional goals, and build influence in a global society.

The goals of FutureCasting™ are to:
1. Increase individuals’ self-awareness, engagement in learning, and achievement
2. Enable individuals to develop globally recognized digital identities
3. Prepare individuals to contribute positively to local, national, and global communities.

The FutureCasting™ framework provide the necessary knowledge, tools, and skills to create a digitally responsible and influential online identity while serving numerous educational goals. For example, Millennials (individuals aged 10-25), have never known a life without computers and access to the Internet. However, just because Millennials are “digital natives” does not mean they know how to use technology responsibly or effectively leverage the ubiquitous information available online. FutureCasting™ enables them to learn the skills of digital citizenship: Being responsible producers and critical consumers of information on the Internet. Skills like conducting research online, developing a professional network, and creating a website are combined with critical self-examination to help users attain truly integrated success.

FutureCasting™ has the potential to benefit anyone who wants to increase their online presence, align their digital footprint with personal and professional goals, or learn the skills of socially responsible action. Students, ages 12-25, can use FutureCasting™ to create a digital portfolio that reflects the intersection of personal interests with academic productivity. Meanwhile adults entering the workforce can use FutureCasting™ to develop an online presence that highlights their unique talents; making their successes more accessible to future employers and putting them ahead of their competition.

In an era when information and opportunities are driven by access to information on the Internet, a tool like FutureCasting™ is what empowers people to leverage that information to catapult themselves into a future of their own design.

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Futurecasting for Kansas Association for the Gifted, Talented, & Creative

  1. 1. Future Casting... Future Casting.Become the Hero of Your Own Story !
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  3. 3. Pew Research Center, 2010
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  5. 5. © Angela Housand, 2013 Future Casting.™
  6. 6. 3 Ring Conception of Giftedness
  7. 7. A Portfolio Development Process Connecting Interests & Passions to Academic Content ! FutureCasting. © Angela Housand, 2013
  8. 8. Who are you? Control the Message Casting Call Action Social Capital ! © Angela Housand, 2013
  9. 9. WHO AREYOU?
  10. 10. Control the Message
  12. 12. ACTION !!! The Hero of Your Own Story
  13. 13. Social Capital
  14. 14. Connecting Who Students Are Today With Who They Will Be Tomorrow ! FutureCasting... © Angela Housand, 2013
  15. 15. Engineer Serendipity
  16. 16. Plan a Preferred Future Decide WHO not WHAT to be Pragmatic honesty Enable Students to Achieve a Chosen Destiny
  17. 17. Enable Students to Achieve a Chosen Destiny Focus on what is important to prevent wasting time ! Achieve more than they ever imagined possible
  18. 18. WHO AREYOU?
  19. 19. Did you know you have multiple identities?
  20. 20. Activity Time: Weebly Beginnings
  21. 21. Activity Time: S.W. O.T.
  22. 22. S TO W Helpful to achieving the objective Harmful to achieving the objective Internal Origin ! Attributes of the Individual Strengths Weaknesses External Origin ! Attributes of the Environment Opportunities Threats SWOT Analysis
  23. 23. © Angela Housand, 2013
  24. 24. © Angela Housand, 2013
  25. 25. Strengths What unique skills do I have? What do I do well? What resources do I have available? Who do I know that can help me? What experiences have I had that will help me as I move forward? © Angela Housand, 2013
  26. 26. Weaknesses What areas do I need to improve? What do others view as my weakness or area for improvement? What is something I would like to change? © Angela Housand, 2013
  27. 27. Opportunities What opportunities are already available to me? How can I use my strengths to create opportunities for myself? Who might be willing to help me? © Angela Housand, 2013
  28. 28. Threats What could hinder my success? What are potential problems I could encounter? What are the challenges I face? What are the restrictions in my life (time, money, vehicle, access to computer or the Internet, etc.)? © Angela Housand, 2013
  29. 29. Activity Time: Explore © Angela Housand, 2013
  30. 30. Explore
  31. 31. Explore Students Conduct Research to Answer: What are my values? How do I like to spend my time? What might I want to do in the future? What skills do I need to be successful in the future? What steps do I need to take to attain my vision of the future? © Angela Housand, 2013
  32. 32. Explore
  33. 33. Activity Time: Who AreYour Heroes?
  34. 34. Control the Message
  35. 35. Source: Munster, G. (2014) Taking Stock With Teens: Collaborative Consumer Insights Project. Piper Jaffray.
  36. 36. Source: instagram-snapchat-most-popular-social-network/373043/
  37. 37. Why Control the Message? • College Admissions Officers & Committees will search you • Potential Employers will search you • Friends (& non-friends) will search you • Your Competition will search you • Potential Boyfriend/Girlfriend will search you © Angela Housand, 2013
  38. 38. BETHANY MOTA
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  43. 43. Digital Identity
  44. 44. Volume The amount of information there is about you on the internet
  45. 45. Relevancy The usefulness of the information that exists about you and how consistent that information is with you you say you are and what you claim to value
  46. 46. Purity The amount of information that comes up in an Internet search that is about you and not someone with a similar name or similar interests
  47. 47. Diversity The mixture of information found when you are searched online: • Do you have a website? • Are you found in real time content? • Are there images and video of you?
  48. 48. Activity Time: Online ID © Angela Housand, 2013
  49. 49. • With quotes around your name, search yourself on Google,Yahoo!, and Bing • What did you find? Search Yourself
  50. 50. Search Yourself You want to find: • Favorable entries about your work • Flattering or neutral mentions of your personal life
  51. 51. Activity Time: Digital Footprint © Angela Housand, 2013
  52. 52. How To Control the Message • Find Out What’s on the Web • Clean Up Content thatYou Don’t Want Everyone in the World to See • Create a More Flattering Image Online
  53. 53. Set Up Alerts!
  54. 54. Start with what you have posted: • Delete any negative comments you’ve made • Delete inappropriate photos or videos • Check all sites! ! • Edit blog entries that are negative Remove Unflattering Content
  55. 55. You Can Start Fresh Too: • Delete all of your accounts • Create new ones with a unique name for yourself • Use your middle initial • Use your nickname • Remember...Nothing really ever goes away. Remove Unflattering Content
  56. 56. Remove Unflattering Content • Ask others to remove negative content about you. • Remove “tags” from photos • Paid services:
  57. 57. Reset Privacy Settings: • Block groups or individuals from viewing content that you would prefer to be private • Manage our groups regularly and remove unsupportive members Remove Unflattering Content
  58. 58. • Avoid overly prolific status updates • Claim your domain name • Create a More Flattering Image Online Other Message Management Tips
  59. 59. The BEST Way To Control the Message Create Favorable Content • Set up a profile that is public • Get people to “endorse” you professionally • Update profiles regularly • Blog on a topic of interest • Contribute in positive ways to the online community - and do so often!
  60. 60. Activity Time: BlogYour Interests
  61. 61. MATT NADEL
  63. 63. Visualize Yourself in the Future
  64. 64. Future Self
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  66. 66. Activity Time: Tagxedo Me !
  67. 67. • Tied to Student’s Identity • Personally Interesting • Integral to the Student’s Vision of the future • Viewed as Useful (Eccles & Wigfield) Personally Meaningful
  68. 68. ACTION !!! The Hero of Your Own Story
  69. 69. S M A T R pecific easureable ttainable ealistic ime-bound
  70. 70. Cyclical & Ongoing
  71. 71.
  72. 72. Goal attainment is not luck, 

  73. 73. Goal attainment is not luck, 
 it takes time and requires effort.

  74. 74. Social Capital
  75. 75. Activity Time: Meme © Angela Housand, 2013
  76. 76. © Angela Housand, 2013
  77. 77. Activity Time: Map the Network © Angela Housand, 2013
  78. 78. Explicit Hierarchy
  79. 79. Explicit Hierarchy Institutional Hierarchy
  80. 80. Implicit Hierarchy
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  82. 82. Thank You!