Richardson (2008) is a proponent of students learning to collaborate, communicate, and work collectively online, identifying their passions and being findable by those who share their passion for learning. He writes that many young students are creating, publishing and learning online outside of school, without adult guidance. “In our technologically driven world, teachers and parents are generally behind youth in their knowledge of technology.” (Popovic-Citic, et.al., 2011, cited in Cassidy et.al., 2012).
Teachers and students need to be co-learners because we are not staying one step ahead. “Teaching kids to manage their Digital Footprint really starts with the adults. Teachers can’t teach this effectively if they, themselves have not managed their own digital footprint.” (Neilson, 2010) Deepening our own understanding is essential in providing the guidance for students to use online spaces in an informed, educated manner and taking ownership of their personal digital footprint.
Nielsen, Lisa. (2010, February 18). Teaching Kids to Manage their Digital Footprint. The Innovative Educator. Retrieved from: http://theinnovativeeducator.blogspot.ca/2010/02/teaching-kids-to-manager-their-digital.html
Richardson, W. (2008). Footprints in the digital age. Educational Leadership, 66(3), 16-19. Retrieved from: http://ezproxy.lib.ucalgary.ca:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=eric&AN=EJ817754&site=ehost-live
Weaver, S. D., & Gahegan, M. (2007). Constructing, visualizing and analyzing a digital footprint. Geographical Review, 97(3), 324-350. Retrieved from: http://ezproxy.lib.ucalgary.ca:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a9h&AN=27619792&site=ehost-live