Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Digital Dossiers

It is Digital Citizenship Week, so students need to really be thinking about what it means to be a good digital citizen.  What do you know about digital citizenship?  I taught 6th graders LST this morning, and one of my students talked to me about Google +.  She told me that people she didn't know were trying to friend her and she wasn't sure if she should friend them.  So she decided to ask her friends and thankfully one of her friends told her "no."  But this conversation got me thinking, "What do HMS students know about digital citizenship?" and " do our students know they are building a digital dossier?"

First of all, is your instagram, facebook, vine, etc. set to private?  If not, you will want to make it as private as possible.  No, not everyone can find you easily but you will be able to better control who has access to your information.  Do you really want everyone to know where you are on Friday night?  Secondly, don't friend people you don't know well.  I know--you want to have a million friends but remember if you must friend everyone, then some of these sites have levels so that those "friends" don't see everything.  Again, it isn't safe to friend people you don't know so think carefully before clicking the accept button.  Third, think before you post.  Seriously, what you post now will follow you forever.  Even if you delete a post or pic,  it is always there and someone can find it. 

This third point leads me to a discussion on your digital dossier.  First, dossier is defined as a set of documents about a particular person.  So a digital dossier is all of your digital documents that anyone can find with a simple google search or with a little digging.  Watch this you tube video so you can see what I mean.

This video shows there is a lot to think about before you post a picture, tweet, vine video or instagram pic.  Remember, I am here to help you so stop by and ask if you have a question.  I want you to be a successful student and young adult so you need to be thinking carefully before you post!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Do you Drive?  Google Drive That is!

Homewood Middle School has embraced Google Drive.  I have visited tons of classes and showed students how Google Drive can change their lives.  Gone are the worries that your document may be deleted if you don't save it because Google automatically saves your document continuously.  No more worries about losing that pesky flash drive so that you can type your paper at home and then bring it back to school because Google Drive can be accessed anywhere you have internet access.  And teachers love the fact students can share their documents with group members or even with their teacher. 

Google Drive is awesome so if you haven't tried it, test drive it today!