Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Understanding Your Digital Footprint

Introduction: Understanding Your Digital Footprint  In order to better what your 'digital footprint' is watch the introductory video here

Now let's review some of the key vocabulary terms from the video below. 

How many of you have…

  • sent a message or posted a comment online?
  • created a profile on a social network site?
  • used some sort of photo-sharing app?
  • Googled your own name?

Filling out a form, sending an email to a friend, posting a photo, and pretty much everything one does online – even the simple act of visiting a website or using a search engine – leaves a trail. This trail, called a digital footprint, is made of bits and pieces of information on one’s computer and on other computers and servers around the world, which allow other people to learn about you. Things posted online are persistent and often cannot be deleted.

Posting Guidelines: Padlet Activity What are some guidelines we might want to follow when posting online? Share your ideas on the Padlet wall here.

The Dangers of Oversharing: Video Think before you post! That's one of the suggestions in this animated music video, which raps about the hazards of oversharing online and emphasizes a thoughtful approach to digital footprints.

Now let's review some of the key points from the video below. 

Digital Citizenship Poster You will now work on creating a digital citizenship poster using Google Draw. You may work independently or in pairs.

You will:

  • Choose one tip that someone in Middle School should be aware of when posting online (from the video or your own idea)
  • Create a poster with text and images that will encourage other students to heed their advice
  • Know your audience (Lakeview students and parents)

Students who wish to submit their entries for the school-wide competition, can share them with Emily via Google Drive or email no later than Friday the 24th. A campus committee will evaluate the posters and winning entries will be printed (in color!) and hung in classrooms around campus!

Closing Question What are some other types of information that make up your digital footprint?