Helping Educators To Proactively Understand The Enabling Power Of Digital Technology and Mobile Communications, But Also How To Mitigate The Sometimes Unintended Consequences Of High Risk/Undesirable Online Behaviour
Digital footprints are increasingly important aspects of an individual’s identity in a technological enriched society such as Canada—and are especially important aspects of a professional’s identity. Web 2.0 & social media offer great potential as tools for educational leadership, community engagement, pedagogy & professional development, but educators need to know how to manage them professionally. Digital footprints of individuals also have ramifications for their employers and their organizations—school districts, banks, hospitals, unions/associations. People’s digital activities leave traces—both public and private--that others can find to build individual and organizational profiles—and even sell! Many educators have had little training in developing or managing a professional digital footprint. They may be technically savvy regarding the use of social networking and web 2.0 sites, yet don’t often understand the permanence & persistence of digital data, the ways in which their personal and professional data can be aggregated, & how that data can affect them professionally. This includes an understanding of where, when, & how to separate personal and professional content. The goal of this session is empowering professional educators with the knowledge and skills to establish, grow, & manage their digital footprints, as well as the digital footprints of their schools/districts or organizations.
(Note: This session can be tailored to participant & school levels: administrators, faculty, staff, K-12, post-secondary-- or a combination thereof.)