Grade 11

Who's Looking at Your Digital Footprint?

How can information you post online affect your future opportunities?

Our digital footprints can have a powerful impact on our future. This can be a scary thought, given that what's in our digital footprint isn't always in our control. Teach students that digital footprints are an opportunity to showcase their best selves and craft a footprint that leads to future success.

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Learning Objectives:
  • Learn that they have a public presence online called a digital footprint.
  • Recognize that any information they post online can help or hurt their future opportunities (college admission, employment, etc.).
  • Create a vignette that shows how a positive digital footprint can help someone take advantage of an opportunity.
Key Vocabulary: digital footprint  ·  personal branding  ·  rescinded
digital footprint:
all the information online about a person either posted by that person or others, intentionally or unintentionally
personal branding:
the practice of marketing yourself to the public using social media, a personal website, advertisements, or other non-digital tools
to take away or cancel
Digital Footprint & Identity
This lesson meets standards for Common Core ELACASELAASLand ISTESee standards

Lesson Plan

50 mins.

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