Digital Footprints Leave Lasting Trails

Students don’t realize their digital footprints leave a lasting trail. Many believe what they post on ephemeral apps, like Snapchat, disappears or is kept secret. Some of their posts will disappear. However, our digital learners need to realize that posting and sharing so much on multiple networks is bound to leave a lasting trail. Moreover, what they share is only kept private if the people they share with keep it private. Our students don’t realize when they share they give power to their audience to use the information in ways they can’t control. Many young people now find themselves in trouble with the law for posting or sharing questionable photos. Some of our students’ pictures are used to bully or embarrass them. In most cases the pictures stay online and are never taken down. This is why in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom, one of the missions is for students to manage the social media profile of an important historical figure. They post and share for the figure. At the end of the mission, the students reflect on the impact of the sharing and decide if the historical figure’s social media presence would have helped them make their impact or hindered them. Join us every Sunday on Twitter for the #EdtechMissions chat (10am to 10:30amET; click for more time zones) where we share ideas and resources.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.

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