For the Digital Citizenship Poster project for the class Teaching with Technology (EDTC 6433) I chose to focus on the theme of the “digital footprint.” Consideration of one’s digital footprint is important in this age of the Internet as our online identities and personal information can have lasting and significant influence on our reputation and security. It is important we all learn to understand and manage our digital footprints.
To create my poster I utilized Piktochart.com. My submission can be viewed in Figure 1 below, or it can also be viewed online, here.
My poster dealt with addressing questions such as:
- What is a digital footprint?
- What information is currently available about you online?
- What is a light vs. a heavy digital footprint?
- Why is it important to strive to have a light digital footprint and what can you do to ensure you have one?
The theme of the digital footprint is important for both students and parents to understand because almost everyone is active online and needs to understand the associated risks with their online identities. Furthermore, students who are digital natives often don’t consider the repercussions of their online activities. I chose to write and illustrate on the concept of a digital footprint because it is easy to visualize and because I believe focusing on having a healthy footprint is one of the most effective ways to address a variety of important areas falling in the realm of what defines healthy digital citizenship.