Improve Your Digital Footprint

I came across this excellent SlideShare presentation this morning from a colleague at Mt Alvernia College Library, Brisbane. It was a link which came through in a Diigo teacher-librarian list, shared by Anne Weaver, another colleague here in Brisbane.

For a number of years now I have been very interested in teaching students to behave ethically and responsibly online, not only to limit and/or delete the inappropriate information they post/have posted online, but also to begin to create a positive online presence which they can confidently show to future employers. This year, across the school, we will be looking at what we already have in place and developing a structured and cohesive Digital Citizenship program.

I have put together on our Library website a collection of resources that I have found:  Digital Footprint and Change the World for Good. If you find other good examples of boys in particular who are using social media and an online presence to change the world for good, please let me know.

Great Wikis for Teacher Librarians

I am always excited when I come across collectons of incredibly useful links, especially when many of those have been tried and tested by other teachers, TLs and educators. I also feel humbled by the generosity of those who create and share their knowledge so freely with others.

Below are some great wikis that I’ve discovered, with a wealth of information that you could lose yourself in for hours – or days if you’re lucky enough to have the time!! You could even sign up to some of these wikis and add extra websites that you’ve discovered – after all, that’s why these sites have been created as wikis, rather than websites.

Joyce Valenza –  Copyright Friendly Images & Sounds Wiki

Joyce Valenza – Library Learning Tools Smackdown

Joyce Valenza – TeacherLibrarian Wiki

Joyce Valenza – School Library Websites

Joyce Valenza –  AASL Conference Wiki

Joyce Valenza – Web 2.0 Meets Standards for 21st Century Learners

Joyce Valenza –  Information Fluency Wiki

Joyce Valenza –  New Tools Workshop Wiki

Donna Baumbach – WebTools4u2Use Wiki

Buffy Hamilton – Cool Web 2.0 Tools for Librarians

Buffy Hamilton – YA Lit 2.0 Wiki

Anita Beaman & Amy Oberts – Reading 2.0 Wiki

Nancy Pearl – Book Lust Wiki

ISTE – Digital Citizenship Wiki

Camilla Elliott – Personal Learning Network Wiki

Collette Cassinelli – VoiceThread 4 Education Wiki

Ransomtech –  Digital Footprint

Cool Tools for Schools Wiki

Charles Leadbeatter says in his YouTube video We Think that “mass innovation comes from communities – it’s like a bird’s nest where everyone leaves their piece….In the past you were what you owned, now you are what you share.”

That’s the beauty of Web 2.0 – everyone sharing, everyone collaborating and working together to create knowledge communities.

Digital Footprints


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Whether we like it or not, all of us have a digital footprint,  leading to a digital dossier, created from the time we were born.  If you belong to the Baby Boomers, you may have less public information on show and more private  information hidden away in secure databases. You might also be a bit more reticent about the information you share on blogs or your Facebook page.  Not so, however, with Gen Y who seem very happy to post all kinds of information about themselves, with little thought for future consequences and job prospects.

Seth Godin shared this on his blog in January this year:

Personal branding in the age of Google

A friend advertised on Craigslist for a housekeeper.

Three interesting resumes came to the top. She googled each person’s name.

The first search turned up a MySpace page. There was a picture of the applicant, drinking beer from a funnel. Under hobbies, the first entry was, “binge drinking.”

The second search turned up a personal blog (a good one, actually). The most recent entry said something like, “I am applying for some menial jobs that are below me, and I’m annoyed by it. I’ll certainly quit the minute I sell a few paintings.”

And the third? There were only six matches, and the sixth was from the local police department, indicating that the applicant had been arrested for shoplifting two years earlier.

Three for three.

Google never forgets.

Of course, you don’t have to be a drunk, a thief or a bitter failure for this to backfire. Everything you do now ends up in your permanent record. The best plan is to overload Google with a long tail of good stuff and to always act as if you’re on Candid Camera, because you are.

You’ve probably seen this video before, but it’s worth another look:

Everyone Knows Your Name

How is ‘ digital’ different?  –  It’s ‘easily copied, instantly shared, easily edited and viewable by millions’. (Dean Shareski  It’s out there forever!!

One of the biggest challenges facing us in the future will be to teach our students to use the internet in thoughtful, ethical and responsible ways. We need to teach them not only to be more discerning about which photos they post or what screen names they use – in other words to think about not creating a negative digital footprint – but we also need to teach them how to create a positive digital footprint:

Digital Dossier

Check out Ransometech’s wiki full of links about Digital Footprints