Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Putting your best (digital) foot (print) forward

I guess I'm a glutton for punishment!  Despite the fact that I am currently doing an online course AND facilitating an online course, I decided today that I will take a MOOC too.  Having read Jason Ohler's book Digital Community, Digital Citizen last year, and having taken a workshop with Jason at Munich International School around 3-4 years ago, I was keen to check out Jason's Digital Citizenship MOOC from the University of Alaska.  This MOOC allows members of the public to freely access the resources of the Educational Technology Masters Program.  Today, having read through the first 3 weeks of course material, I decided to jump ahead a little to week 4 on digital footprints.  I've thought a lot about this recently as I've been revamping our Digital Citizenship wiki and discussing how to teach this with our elementary teachers.  I was therefore interested to read the following:
It is impossible to hide on the web these days. This fact has forced all of us to play the game of identity management on the Internet .... The closest thing to winning this game is to ensure our most prominent work on the web is also our best work .... in fact we want to embrace being searchable by putting our best digital footprints forward.
One of the resources shared was the video below.  This video would make a great resource to use with students when discussing how a digital footprint is formed and how it follows us through life - and even death.

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