There are many engaging Digital Footprint related posters available at Pinterest just begging to be hung on your classroom wall. Every year, I take a look at Pinterest’s varied assortment of posters and infographics to hang on my classroom wall to help stimulate interest or get the conversation started!
As an advocate and teacher of Digital Citizenship, I often have students ask me how they can “clean-up” their digital footprint. As a teacher, you can help your students by guiding them in the right direction and helping them to improve their digital footprint with the 10 steps from this Ed News Daily article. The tips are excellent and include reviewing all your social media accounts and deleting anything that may be deemed as inappropriate.
This 22-page lesson plan and guide from ikeepsafe.org consists of 3 forty-five minute lessons that will empower students with the ability to maintain a positive Digital Footprint. The lessons cover topics like creating strong passwords, learning appropriate online etiquette and managing your online reputation. Each lesson plan meticulously covers lesson details, vocabulary, common core standards, warm-up activities, hand-outs and much much more!
This web page from the Internet Society provides an excellent framework for teaching about Digital Citizenship. In the first section, both teachers and students will learn the different ways in which we leave digital footprints which include websites, online shopping, and social media. The 2nd section showcases an excellent video titled, “Four Reasons to Care About Your Digital Footprint.” The final section provides nine online interactive tutorials for your students to work through.
I love this detailed lesson plan from Common Sense media, available in PDF format, that is packed with resources including information and supporting materials. Your students will watch “The Digital Footprint” and then complete an analysis of two fictional applicants applying to host a television show. Select the best candidate for the TV show based on the candidate’s digital footprint. A key takeaway from this lesson is a person’s online identity affects their life in the real world.
What kinds of “Digital Footprint” are your students leaving? Start a classroom discussion with this excellent video from Common Sense Media! Students will learn some of the concepts and terminology associated with establishing a digital footprint. What I really love about this video is the list of seven excellent discussion questions to help stimulate a classroom conversation about online identity.