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

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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