Out of sight, out of mind.

Our digital footprints go back as far as our first emails, first Facebook Posts (oh my), MySpace posts, and on and on and on. It’s important for all of us to know about what’s actually out there – somewhere – in the cloud – stored on a server, etc.

Paul Davis breaks down, in this video, for kids (and adults) about how are online activities are stored – he says “physically” on a server somewhere.  I don’t know the ins and outs of this tech stuff.

I do know what a google search says about me. We probably all do.

Do our students know? Do they know about privacy settings?

First, and most importantly, it’s important that students know the ins and outs of the platforms they’re using. Thus, it’s probably necessary that we find out and show them. A fellow librarian did a game with high school students where she got all their names before class, and then she searched their Facebook profiles. With the information she found (and she founds lots) she told students’ stories anonymously based on their Timeline. As the stories began to seem eerily familiar – laughter erupted. Kids were also embarrassed.

This brought home the importance in knowing that the entire world, if not aware of privacy settings, can be your audience – intended or not.
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Once the ins and outs are taught and learned – then the discussion moves on.


Now that you know what your digital footrprint is… What are you going to do with it? This could tie into a variety of units. Lisa Nielsen puts together a nice resource here showing how can use our digital footprints to make the world better.

As an International Educators in 2017 we all have a digital footprint, whether we like it or not. So, of course, we need to be aware of this and make the same effort we would want out students to in making the world a better place.



For all of us, it’s important to remember that just because we can’t see it…



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3 Responses to Out of sight, out of mind.

  1. Cary Hart says:

    Great points and ideas for lessons. I am very lucky that Pink’s husband’s name is Carrie Hart because it makes be virtually anonymous online!

  2. Ryan Harwood says:

    Ah MySpace. I think I had one of those. Then it seemed to turned into mostly music and then it. Well, I don’t know. Love the idea of the Facebook lesson. Nothing like a reality check to bring the point home to kids. A couple of years ago I had kids keep a log of their public social media posts and had their friends create a story about their average day based on that log. It was a fun exercise and helped students think about what they were sharing. At least for that week…


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