Week 3 Blogging Challenge – Digital Footprints

Do you know what a Digital Footprint is? What is your Digital Footprint? As part of this weeks blogging challenge we are looking at how to create a positive digital footprint. Below there are a few videos and activities that you can do to make you aware of your own digital footprint.




Activity 1.

Watch the first two videos above then leave a comment on this post about something that you found very interesting in one of the videos. Write a post explaining the differences between the videos. Which did you prefer and why?

Activity 2.

After watching the two videos, write a post about your digital footprint. Is it positive or negative? Would you be proud to have your grandparents or your future grandchildren look at everything you have included in your digital footprint? Why or why not? Maybe Google your name to see what is online about you, that you might not have put there. Remember to Google your nickname used in online games etc as information might be included there.

Activity 3.

Imagine you are debating this topic: It is better to have a negative digital footprint than no footprint at all. Give three reasons to support each side of the debate.

Activity 4.

Watch the third video. Why is it important to check out the settings whenever you buy a new device? Default settings often allow the manufacturer to gain information about you without you realising it.

Activity 5.

Should all teachers,principals and parents have a digital footprint in this time of technology? Google your teacher or principal (with their permission first) or even your parents. What have they got online? Do they have some information you think should not be there? Discuss it with them. Write a post about the discussion you had without giving away personal information to your readers.

Activity 6.

I would like your help to get the list organized. Write a post about 5 of your favourite web tools or apps. In your post mention how old you need to be to use it, whether you had to sign up to use it and what type of tool or app it is eg mindmapping, poll/survey, slideshow. Also tell me why you enjoy using the tool or app.

Activity 7.

Here are some websites to visit related to cybersafety and digital footprints. Visit some of them and write a post, create a poster or glogster, create a cartoon about what you found out. Your teacher might also give you other websites to visit.

ACMA Australia – cybersafety for young kids, kids and teens.
Google has some digcitizenship adventures relating to digital footprints – more for middle and high school students
Kidsmart from the UK has some great tips and information

The big surprise was… 1:1 Chromebooks

The big surprise that I was keeping from the students was revealed on Monday.

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Each student in year 6 received a Chromebook. If you are wondering what a Chromebook is just watch the video below to give you an insight on this wonderful device …

The students are very excited to be using these devices and have been exploring the power of them within our classroom.

Students have also been learning about being Cyber-Safe on the Internet.

imgresBelow are some photos of the students exploring and using their new Chromebooks.

Questions:

  • What do you like most about your Chromebook?
  • What are some of the class rules about the use of Chromebooks?
  • What do you like about using Google in the classroom?