Rethinking “Digital Footprint”

24 Digital Life skills

Last week, we learned that we have to completely rethink how we teach critical thinking on the web.

Today, as I dig into the idea of digital footprint, I realize we have to completely rethink our approach to this as well.  Health and Protection, just 3 years ago, was seen as this (by Ontario teachers).  It was, at the time, a very comprehensive look at how we teach our kids to be safe online.

screen-shot-2017-02-03-at-10-35-56-pm OSAPAC Digital Citizenship Resource, Creative Commons Licensed https://www.osapac.ca/dc/

But with Artificial Intelligence and the use of algorithms to track our data, Digital Footprint management is now so much more.

From the World Economic Forum:

Digital footprints: The ability to understand the nature of digital footprints and their real-life consequences and to manage them responsibly

How we “manage them responsibly” now that we are aware of much more invasive “real-life consequences” is something every teacher needs…

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One thought on “Rethinking “Digital Footprint””

  1. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this topic. I have noticed it has been increasing as a topic of interest over the past few months. It is something I have been thinking about since I spoke with Julie Millan (@jsm2272) and Jennifer Casa-Todd (@JCasaTodd) a few months ago on this topic. In fact, I have even put together a presentation I am giving later this month on ‘Understanding Your Digital Footprint’. I think it is important for everyone to understand that their persona online follows them into real life and they need to be in control of their narrative.

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