Every educator should manage their online presence and create a brand that matches their passions in life or the classroom. My district requires us to update our web page every year. When I changed my position to a Transition Specialist, I included district transition resources on my web page. To my surprise, I had 75 to 150 views every month. In my master's course for digital literacy this week, I had to search myself and report and grade my results. Although this is an exercise I do with my adult students every year, the results and research caused me to reflect on my online presence even more than in the past. I gave myself a proficient grade, but as a leader in technology, I should have a more purposeful presence as I present myself to the world as an educator. It is my responsibility to represent myself, my district, and my profession in a way I would be proud.
Madden and Raine (2015) explained that more than half of the adults surveyed feel like their personal information is not secure. My Digital Dossier started only in the last several years. I want to author this information (DigitalNatives, 2008). I think about all of the registration information, membership cards, and digital media that I have accumulated for myself and my family. I want to figure out how to keep my information more private while also enjoying the conveniences of technology. It is also my responsibility to teach my students the same information. Just like we taught my eight-year-old not to talk to strangers or give her address to others at a very early age, we have to teach our students what will keep their private information safe.
We all need to figure out how to author our information. The Digital Dossier has information from birth to the present, especially for our students. The steps we need to keep this information secure are not common knowledge, schools do not teach it, and it is hard to tell what information will keep us safe.
Shapiro also made a case for this subject in the article, The Case for Teaching Digital Citizenship for the Jewish Press. This article explains that due to the harm that social media and personal devices are having on our youth, all children should be systematically learning digital citizenship(2014). Educating students would require that educators all know all about digital citizenship. I decided to enter technology leadership because it was an area of growth for me. I already have a business administration and accounting bachelor's, three teacher certifications, and ten years of management experience. Once I started my master's program, all the information was the same as my undergraduate degree. I was at home learning to teach online and teaching online simultaneously. I always taught digital citizenship, but I did not know how to teach my students how to use technology for their benefit. This week I am moving closer to knowing what I need to know to teach others what I am learning so we can teach Digital Citizenship at each level at the same time as we manage our digital dossiers.
Madden, M., & Rainie, L. (2020, August 17). Americans' attitudes about privacy, security and surveillance. Pew Research Center: Internet, Science & Tech. Retrieved March 13, 2022, from https://www.pewresearch.org/internet/2015/05/20/americans-attitudes-about-privacy-security-and-surveillance/
Shapiro, E. (2014, January 23). The case for teaching digital citizenship. Retrieved March 13, 2022, from Jewish Press: https://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/the-case-for-teaching-digital-citizenship/2014/01/23/
Digital Natives. (2008, August 13). Youth and Media - Digital Dossier - YouTube. Youthandmedia.org. Retrieved March 14, 2022, from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=79IYZVYIVLA