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Footprint Foothold: Helping Students Manage Their Online Reputations

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Tuesday, December 1, 12:45–1:30 pm PST (Pacific Standard Time)

Dr. Sean Coffron  
In the contemporary digital landscape, it has become increasingly important that students are not only effective consumers of digital information but also informed participants in the digital community. Learn strategies for facilitating conversations about students' digital footprints and the permanence of their online reputations.

Audience: Coaches, Teachers
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Digital citizenship
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
  • Establish a learning culture that promotes curiosity and critical examination of online resources and fosters digital literacy and media fluency.
  • Model and promote management of personal data and digital identity and protect student data privacy.
Additional detail: Session recorded for video-on-demand
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to introduce educators to the nature and importance of digital citizens' online presence. There are four objectives for this workshops.

(1) Participants will be able to clearly identify and communicate the nature of a digital footprint.
(2) Participants will be able to illustrate the importance of digital content awareness.
(3) Participants will be able to discuss the social and cultural implications of social media and the dangers of open digital publishing.
(4) Participants will be able to design lessons for students that communicate awareness and strategies for promoting a positive image online while protecting student privacy.


This outline is based on the 90-minute timeline for a presentation. The outline can be amended for a 30-minute snapshot or similar presentation style:

Introduction to Digital Footprint (15 minutes): Introduction to the definition and implications of a digital presence

Digital Reputation Discussion (20 minutes): Digital Reputation discussion and problem-solving session via Nearpod

Digital Identity Demonstration (20 minutes): Demonstration of strategies that can address digital identity in the classroom

Digital Life (20 minutes): Discussion of social media venues and relationships among digital communication, social media, and legal or ethical considerations via Nearpod

Next Steps (10 minutes): Facilitated discussion of the next steps in the development of a digital footprint lesson or activity.

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Dr. Sean Coffron, Manassas City Public Schools

Dr. Sean Coffron has served as an educator with Manassas City Public Schools for nineteen years, including six years as an administrator and instructional technologist. Having earned a PhD in Educational Leadership and an MBA, his research interested include professional learning and evaluation of staff development. He has offered presentations and workshops on the implementation of instructional technology strategies to promote student and staff engagement, including topics such as digital footprint, learning management systems, 1:1 implementation, and electronic professional learning communities.

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