Google Education on Air is a great side that gives you information about many different topics. These topics range from digital literacy and citizenship to Blended learning and even youtube in the classroom. I listened to the one about digital literacy and citizenship and the educators that presented offered many good tools and resources to help teach this topic in the classroom. I enjoyed the fact that these are all educators that are educating about these topics. I have not taken the time to browse through to many of these conferences but it is on my to do list over Winter break!
I really enjoyed ready the post on Langwitches for Blogging in the K-12 Classroom. It started with teachers learning how to setup and maintain a blog. They teachers themselves had milestones to hit and parents to involve. They slowly moved to where the students were learning how to post on the blog as well. This helped with teaching digital citizenship and proper etiquette for posting online. What I liked most about this post was the fact that the students had to earn their blogs by the quality of work they posted to the class website. I enjoyed that they controlled what happened and started as young as kindergarten. Blogs are a good way to keep parents, students and other faculty members informed.
Billy learns about the perils of goofing around online.
Anything you upload to the internet can help build an online reputation that may come back to haunt you.
Digital Footprints are extremely important because anything you post may be able to be seen 40 years down the road. Anything bad that you post will more than likely come to bite you in the behind later on in life. I know that in my high school days I started up a myspace account that 7 years ago I shut down and do not even remember the password to nor do I still have the email account that I used for it. However when we googled ourselves it was among the top 5 links. Employers do check social networking sites and it is a good thing for you to watch what you post. This way a potential employer does not have a reason to throw away your application.