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College Bound (9-12)

How can information you post on the Internet affect your future opportunities?

Students learn that everything they or anyone else posts about them online becomes part of a public online presence known as a digital footprint. Using the Admissions Packet Student Handout, they view elements of two students’ digital footprints and consider how the footprints might affect those students’ admission to college. Students then discuss what kinds of information they would want included in their own digital footprints, and learn strategies for shaping a positive online presence.

Lesson Objectives

Students will be able to ...

  • learn that they have a public presence online called a digital footprint.
  • recognize that any information they post online can help or hurt their image and future opportunities, including their chances for college admission or employment.
  • consider how to present an authentic and positive image of themselves online.


Alignment with Standards

Common Core State Standards: 

Grades 9-10: RL.1, RL2, RL.4, RL.7, RL.8, RL.10, RI.1-4, RI.8, RI.10, W.2a-f, W.4-6, W.10, SL.1a-d, SL.3-5, L.4a, L.6

Grades 11-12: RL.1, RL.2, RL.4, RL.7, RL.8, RL.10, RI.1, RI.2, RI.4, RI.10, W.2a-f, W.4-6, W.10, SL.1a-d, SL.2-5, L.4a, L.6


2a, 2b


1a-e, 3a, 3b, 3d, 4a-d, 5a-f

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