I am super pumped about this course and digital citizenship. This is an area I’d really like to help develop at my school. As digital immigrants, sometimes we can be so afraid of what can happen that we resist change which can propel us forward. And by ‘us’, I’m talking about student and teacher learning (teachers are lifelong learners, right??).
When I read “Your Online Reputation Can Hurt You,” I have to admit that I quickly googled myself. I discovered 2 things: 1) I have a pretty common name, and 2) I really need to get busy creating a positive digital footprint for myself. When I googled myself, I did so in the mindset of being an employer. When I encountered a multitude of “Emily Roth”s, it scared me—especially because some of those “Emily Roth”s, I don’t want to be, like Emily Roth, the pregnant teenager, or Emily Roth, the band member who co-wrote the song, “The Last Time I Committed Suicide.” Yeah, those Emily Roths are not the ones I think employers are dying to hire:) So how will my prospective employer know those other Emily’s aren’t ME?? That’s how I discovered #2, that I need to really put in some energy creating my digital footprint.
This past Tuesday I was so disappointed, because I came down with a nasty strep throat infection (3 days before spring break–SERIOUSLY??!?!). I was disappointed because I was really looking forward to participating in the Bigmarker session (by the way, has the recorded session been posted yet, and if so, where is it?). I had fallen asleep, and when I awoke, it was over. Doctor’s orders had me quarantined these past 2 days. One huge plus for today was that I was able to watch the EARCOS Course 5 presentations. I remember thinking at one point during the presentations how cool it was that in this day-and-age, I can be sitting on my bed in my jammies correcting math tests while watching some inspiring colleagues on the other side of the world present their ideas. Pretty amazing. One in particular, Ben Sheridan, caught my attention. I missed the first couple of minutes though and therefore failed to hear where he was teaching and his name. I quickly logged in to the chat and asked Jeff. Jeff gave me his name, so I googled him. BAM. Within seconds, I was on Ben’s site following his journey with some pretty stellar lower elementary projects and stealing ideas along the way (Thanks, Ben!;).
To end this post, I’d like to share my favorite quote from this week’s readings. It comes from “Positive Digital Footprints” when Ferriter is talking about tech guru Will Richardson. Richardson is expressing his views on his children being googled. He says,
“One of my worst fears as [my children] grow older is that they won’t be Googled well…. Or, even worse, that no links about her will come up at all.”
This particular quote really spoke to me. Ferriter goes on to mention how in schools, we are terrified of being “found” online, and then you have Richardson who is saying the opposite! Times have really changed. What a great discussion starter in schools…