Digital Footprints

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Though I know that it’s pretty close to impossible for there not to be another person with my name, I was still surprised to see exactly how many there were. I couldn’t even imagine how many more there would have been if I had a common last name. Honestly, I did think it was pretty cool that my Facebook and picture were both first in the lists of Danielle Epting’s, but that could also be a bad thing if I had a negative digital footprint. I believe that the best way to have a positive digital footprint would be to be careful what you post online. Everything within the Google image search that I found, that actually had to do with me, were of just me, my fiancee and I, or my family. So  I’d have to say that luckily I have a fairly positive digital footprint. Which is definitely good in today’s world because many people don’t realize not only are your friends and family looking at your Facebook, Twitter, and other such social media outlets, but now possible employers and college’s often view these to see what you’re really like as a person, rather than the overly sweet and qualified person sitting in front of them. Which is what the article, “Is Your Digital Footprint Squashing Your Reputation?” discusses in further depth, including that a study found that up to 70% of employers now, scope out their prospective employees on Google. As well, as a future educator, I don’t want my students to search me or any other educator for that matter, on Google and find provocative inappropriate photos, or photos with alcohol in my hands. I find it irresponsible and unprofessional, and people need to think more about what they’re saying before they post, because it may say it’s deleted but there is still a digital footprint left behind. And once something is on the web, it will always be on the web, just waiting for someone to find it. This point is not only important for yourself to be careful of as the article “A Great Guide on Teaching Students About Digital Footprint” discusses, because it’s important to educate others, and your students on the dangers and positive and negative sides to digital footprints. This is because if they don’t start/understand the repercussions of a negative digital footprint while they’re young it could harm them later in life.

Digital Footprint


Teaching Channel – Text What You Learned: Use Technology to Assess


This video was about embracing technology, such as texting in the classroom. By doing this, according to the teacher Sarah Wessling, the students received affirmation in themselves by seeing their answers (anonymously) on the board. As well, in an instant the teacher is able to see where the class is at and what learning has occurred. I think that this would be really beneficial for any teacher in that it engages the students partly because it keeps it relevant to them.  Also I think that the word cloud, that shows the overall learning concepts is really neat. I think that this kind of technology would be interesting and useful for any classroom. I believe this because I think by embracing the technology such as the texting it encourages them to use the technology for beneficial reasons, and shows that technology is appropriate sometimes. As well, the Teaching Channel website has many videos, in various subjects and sections that could help in several areas and would be a good place to spend some time researching. 20130602-144147.jpg

Teaching Channel – Teaching Practice: Sharing Common Core Language with Students


This video was about the importance of sharing Common Core Language/Standards With your students. Now I understand the purpose of doing this, because then the students understand the how, what and why. Which them keeps them engaged. I think that this would be beneficial for me as a teacher because students often see science classes as an easy pass, because of the lab. Or as something that they have to take, but I hope that by sharing the core standards, they will then understand the depth of the class and engage themselves within it.


Reflection Week 1: Upside Down Education – Going Mobile



This post from the Upside Down Education blog, was based off of a study done at the Pew Research Center, and the teacher/blogger is trying to address the issue, of whether or not there is an economic digital divide. I think that according to these statistics, there really isn’t much of a divide anymore due to cellphones. According to these stats, 95% of teens use the internet, and 75% do so by the use of cellphones. I knew that the percentage was probably relatively high, but the actual numbers were a bit more staggering than I had expected. As well, I had never really thought about where a student lived, rural, urban, or suburban effects whether or not a teen has a smart phone. That really isn’t something that I had ever thought about, but it’s because of the access to the cellphone towers and service and how readily they receive the 3g and 4g services. So with saying that, rural teens are the least likely to have a smart phone, which was a little surprising, I would have guessed urban.



Reflection Week 1: The Nerdy Teacher – Safe with Griffin 2 #EdTech

The SeeSaw iPad Case by Griffin

The SeeSaw iPad Case by Griffin

I chose this post from The Nerdy Teacher blog because within this post the SeeSaw  iPad case caught my eye. It was by far one of the oddest looking cases, and immediately reminded me of an older computer, like one before flat-screens. I really liked that he gave options of cases for everyone, but really went into a bit more detail when it came to the child-friendly case. Like he said, it would be really handy in the classroom, making it easy for students to hold, use, and travel around the classroom with, so essentially student friendly. I also thought that it was good that he actually had tested the product not only in his classroom, and for himself but with his two-year old; which shows its easy but helpful uses, which really showed me that it might be something to look at not only for myself, but possibly for my future classroom, especially if I have a one-to-one classroom/school.