NMSA2010: Digital Footprints

MY THOUGHTS IN ALL CAPS

Presenter: Steve Johnson @edtechsteve

Code: US4

http://edtechsteve.com

Mentions his website is created through http://wix.com

Steve is a teacher, started in kindergarten then moved to 2nd grade for 4 years…taught in Vass, NC JUST A FEW MILES FROM WHERE I GREW UP!!

Moved into tech facilitator role…moved from K, to 2, to 5, to middle…found out he loved the kids at all levels…now teaching in Concord, NC.

Steve does have a book out now: Digital Tools for Teaching DEFINITELY WANT TO PICK THIS ONE UP

Now discussing Prezi…then adding ideas from the session into today’s Prezi VERY COOL USE OF THE TOOL TO RECORD WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE SESSION

What is a digital footprint?

  • Information posted online stays there for eternity.
  • Footprints: things you leave behind, show’s where you’re going/been, not permanent, unique to you, choices/different paths
  • Tattoos: permanent, representative of you, stupid adolescent decisions, draws attention, painful, can get rid of but takes work/expense, deliberate/purposeful

LOVE THIS COMPARISON…THIS WOULD BE AN EXCELLENT ACTIVITY TO GO THROUGH WITH KIDS AND DISCUSS THE DIFFERENCES AND WHICH YOUR ONLINE PRESENCE IS MORE SIMILAR TO

After discussing footprints, we’ll discuss positive publication on the web…

Bulletin Board Video…followed by 5 word summary activity.

REALLY HARD TO SUMMARIZE IN ONLY 5 WORDS…STEVE SHOWED THE VERSION WITHOUT THE CREEPY OLD GUY AT THE END WHICH I THINK IS BETTER FOR KIDS, BECAUSE HE ALMOST DISTRACTS FROM THE POINT OF THE VIDEO

  • This will follow you everywhere
  • Think before you post
  • Once posted, no more control
  • Once out, can’t take back
  • Chilling consequences of Impulsive Acts

How do we handle information online going viral…ask kids if they’ve ever experienced it or had friends who did, and how did they handle it…

Anything you post online is retrievable, searchable, cached somewhere…if someone knows how to find it, they can…The real way this happens is not from someone searching deep down through your stuff…it’s a friend who sees it and shares it beyond your circle…

Steve acknowledges that this is a scary part of the discussion for kids, turn the conversation to the positive opportunity of what you can do on the web that you WANT people to see…

Sharing Digital Footprints video…LOVE USING THIS ONE WITH KIDS AS WELL…ALSO USED IT IN OUR PARENT INTERNET SAFETY NIGHT PRESENTATION…

SIDE NOTE: I LOVE HOW FOCUSED THIS PRESENTATION IS…STEVE JUST SHARING HOW HE DISCUSSES WITH KIDS THEIR DIGITAL FOOTPRINTS…DEFINITELY WILL BE ABLE TO GO BACK AND USE THIS IN CLASS AFTER THIS SESSION…

Ends with a discussion of How Can you Show Creativity, Well-Roundedness, and Communication Skills through your online presence? This part of the presentation usually takes about 45 minutes but Steve says if you’ve got an hour and a half, the kids will often fill an hour and a half…

Now sharing a few tools that will allow students to publish online and practice positive online interactions

Digital Portfolios

Weebly - fast, free, website creation…free educator accounts…can create up to 40 student accounts for free…each student can have their own unique URL…can create moderated blogs, just not moderated pages on Weebly…so if students have their own sites teachers have to be diligent in their monitoring…no easy way to export a weebly site either for carrying on beyond middle school…

KidBlog.org – set up a class blog in 20 seconds or less…way to have kids start publishing online…comments from an authentic audience are what really keep kids interested in blogging…All Visitors can read student post…Teacher must approve posts before they appear…Anyone can comment, but all comments must be approved by teacher…DEFINITELY GOING TO HAVE TO INVESTIGATE KIDBLOG FURTHER…LIKE THE OPTIONS MENTIONED

EXCELLENT SESSION FROM @EDTECHSTEVE…GOING TO HAVE TO PICK HIS BRAIN FURTHER ON ALL OF THIS…

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One Response

  1. I like the kidblog site. I just made them up for my first and second cores. I like that they use a username and password and keep things private. I passed out user names and passwords to all my students for their textbook website so I just used that same username and password so that i do not need to tell them again what it is (even though many of them probably have lost it). I like that it is customizeable also, and that I can have many classes within my username.

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