This reality struck me as I read and viewed material for this week: It is SO important that we actively teach students how to create their best online selves while they are in school so that it's a habit after they graduate. We need to provide them with a multitude of opportunities to learn about how their online selves will affect them later, and how things they choose to put online now (or allow others to put online about them) could influence future employers, scholarship grantors, colleges, and even future friends.
We are currently working on a tech-skills timeline for students in our district, but we have been working on things like keyboarding speed, apps and software to be introduced and mastered at certain grade levels, etc. We haven't talked at all about intentional additions to a student's digital footprint...or specific approaches to helping students understand why this matters or how to be proactive in highlighting their strengths and creating on online persona that shines.
Ohler, J. (3 Feb 2014). MOOC spr2014 Digital Footprint. YouTube video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQq-k3E6A3s
Siba Digital. "Managing Your Digital Footprint." Retrieved 27 March 2015 from Syba Digital. Managing Your Digital Footprint. Retrieved from http://sybasigns.com.au/digital-resources/web-2-0/digital-resource-managing-your-digital-footprint.
Queensland Government Department of Education and Training. "Mind Your Step" infographic. Retrieved 27 March 2015 from http://behaviour.education.qld.gov.au/cybersafety/school-staff/Pages/digital-footprint.aspx
TeachThought Staff. 8 March 2014. "11 Tips for Students to Manage Their Digital Footprints." te@chthought. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/technology/11-tips-for-students-tomanage-their-digital-footprints/