My Digital Footprint

It is important that we prepare our students to be strong Digital Citizens, so I wanted to highlight my own digital footprint and how I try to contribute to the strong educator community that connects through the Internet.  (I was inspired to create this page after connecting with Doug Pete so please visit his blog!)

A picture created by my brother, Alec Couros, which also inspired me to create this page.

About.me – This is a great way to share the places you are on the Internet on one central page.  I love the visuals that you can create and I have seen some very inventive pages.  Many are looking at this type of site as a way to quickly share their philosophy of education as well as the places they learn on the Internet.  It is a great site to develop for all educators when you are first starting to delve into social media.

Connected Principals – I am very glad to have started this site that shares the views of administrators that are located all over the world.  The purpose of the site was to give the administrator point of view on schools, while also sharing best practices with current and future administrators.  I am honoured to be a part of this group.

Edutopia – I have enjoyed being a contributor to the George Lucas organization focused on pushing education forward and sharing some thoughts on improving teaching and learning.

Twitter – This has been an extremely useful social media tool as I have connected with many educators around the world.  Twitter has been the best professional development tool that I have ever been associated with and my Professional Learning Network is full of educators who are passionate about bettering the learning of their students.

Diigo – A social bookmarking tool that helps me share web resources not only with my staff, but anyone who is interested in education.  The power of Diigo is that I can connect to my bookmarks on any computer in the world, along with other educators.

Facebook – Although this is more for my own personal connections, I believe that knowing and understanding Facebook is an important practice for educators who want to ensure that they understand the world that our students are growing up in.  It is important that we understand the tools our students are using to connect to each other and friends to help them to be strong digital citizens.

Forest Green School Blog – A Web 2.0 way of connecting with parents and stakeholders in our school community.  This is an effective way to get feedback from parents on emerging trends within our school, as well as helping them learn along with new initiatives that are being implemented in our school.  I have outlined our journey from website to blog in this post.

Parkland School Division Blog - I am the facilitator and creator or the Parkland School Division Blog site, which is a WordPress Multi-User site that houses many of our student portfolios.  I am also the facilitator and main editor for PSD70’s 184 Project, which shares the stories of learning from our organization.

Flickr – A social media site where I have the opportunity to show images of not only things that happen at school, but also within my own personal life.  If a picture is worth a 1000 words, than Flickr is definitely priceless.

YouTube – If a picture is worth a 1000 words, than what would video be worth?  YouTube is the second largest search engine next to Google and gives a regular person the opportunity to share, remix, and create video.

Prezi – A relatively new and simple way to create engaging presentations that can be housed on the Internet.  You can easily embed videos, links, pictures, and other media into these presentations that can be shared anywhere in the world, as long as there is a connection to the Internet.

Scribd – A website where I share information with other educators and documents, so they can be easily accessible to others.  I have just started using this site but definitely can see using it more as it is a powerful tool to share documents with others.

  • http://staff.prairiesouth.ca/sites/stangea/ Alan Stange

    I tried mapping my digital footprint on a Google wave widget. It was extensive, but I think it was also inaccurate. The truth is my presence is too dispersed over time to track. I count 39 cloud accounts on my Google Bookmarks. Google and its applications have swelled in importance recently. WordPress (Posterous), Wikispaces, Ning, Facebook, and Twitter are my personal Cinque Ports I guess. The rest of the cloud feeds into them or mirrors them. I keep trying to get it all straight in my mind.

    • http://georgecouros.wordpress.com georgecouros

      There is so much that we could show as I know that I have signed up for a ton of sites (including Hi 5…remember Hi 5?) but I just tried to show the ones that I use consistently. I know that there are sites like Linkedin that I have not even signed up for yet I have a profile. As long as it is positive, I am happy :)

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  • http://ccoffa.edublogs.org/ Celia

    The strong Positive digital footprint is the message I am trying to convey to students (whilst warning of the negative stuff too!)

    Teachers need this awareness too of course!

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  • http://www.audreynay.com Audrey Nay

    I too am enjoying the experience of being networked! So much to learn and share!

    May I share your image created by your brother (with credit)?

    I would like to show our staff all the opportunities that await them…get them to dip their toes into some of the areas that may suit them best to get them started.

    Cheers Audrey

    Twitter ID @sandynay

    • George

      Absolutely Audrey! My brother is always willing to share his work and if you look up the "Networked Teacher" from Alec Couros on Flickr, you will see the Creative Commons license that allows for open sharing with attribution :) Hope that helps!

  • http://www.audreynay.com Audrey Nay

    Thanks very much. Will do. :)

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  • Mike Nantais

    Great list, George, again you set a great example. I have started a map of my digital footprint to share with my students (preservice teachers). I must say, that I borrowed your idea with Posterous – the idea you borrowed from Scott McLeod. It is easy to use and very useful for short thoughts as I read other blogs, etc. Only problem is that it is my fifth blog, although one is in retirement and two are with a group. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Jack Hill

    I would appreciate speaking with you some time. I'm not convinced that twitter is not a by product of immediate gradification? I'm old – so maybe you could call me? 1-403-888-6074 (cell). I don'i agree that everything is not private! Perhaps that is about trust?

  • Mawheba Safey Eldin

    I came across your blog while researching some material in my course of studies for principal internshiship. I come from Egypt. My school is a language school, i.e. we teach all subjects in English except Arabic and Social Studies. I'm very much interested in the use of technology in reaching parents, students and sakeholders in our school. The use of technology in our schools is not effective in reaching our students and community, although the students are using these tools amongst themselves. I would appreciate it if you can help me in outlining a plan to introduce and use the diffferent tools you mentioned in your blog. I'm very much interested in reaching my students with tools that they like and use. Thank you for the information you have on your blog.

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  • http://www.reputationstation.com.au Emma

    the amount of information that we put online is scary sometimes and so many people aren’t aware of their digital footprint so i’m glad to see you writing about it. people need to be more aware. just the amount of information we put on facebook is crazy, let alone our other social media profiles!

  • Catherine Davis

    George, I always love your blog and as I am sure you know, Posterous is no longer – is was bought out by twitter and they shut it down. I am wondering if you use Evernote or Sliderocket? I just started using slide rocket for presentations and really enjoy it. I, like so many others, am inspired by you. Thank you for your writings and wonderings. You have inspired me to write my own blog. Thank you and keep up the wondering writing and work. You don’t realize the number of people you touch.

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  • Leslie Buchanan

    George, I truly enjoyed and appreciated your presentation at UCET in Utah a few weeks ago. During the presentation you showed a video montage of a young student interviewing himself and answering the questions as an older student. I’m currently involved in creating some online training modules for adult learners. I think this would be a nice way for the learners to engage in the content and the learning objectives and increase their responsibility for learning. Is the video you shared available for others to use? Do you have an comments or suggestions about my idea?

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