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Digital Footprints

Great argument for blogging in the classroom.

Even at a young age, it is important to begin to have an idea of the significance of a digital footprint, including what things are appropriate to post online, how to protect your identity and ways to interact with others in an online space. As my six-year-olds grow up, the world will become increasingly digital. Tools will change, but connectedness will continue to grow.  Children need to learn early that it is important to present yourself well online and some of the ways that can be done.

Imagine what kind of record students would have if they started in 1st grade and added to their digital portfolio every year. What a powerful way to argue against the naysayers who say students are learning in public schools, but if all we have to show is standardized test scores, the rhetoric will continue to be negative.