Think like a proton… positively! Approaches to digital footprints

Approaching digital encounters from a new perspective this week (a positive perspective), opened my eyes to the power of our attitude. Richardson (2008) argues that “sharing is the fundamental building block for building connections and networks”; too often I find most school’s approaches from a worst scenario perspective. In other words, abductions have happened at playgrounds before so before we head out for recess let’s share the most dangerous events that have transpired in our community ever. It’s how we approach engagement online and that must change. Moore (2012) develops a good approach to posting public information online: the idea of a billboard perspective. If you are ok with your post, image, or blog as a billboard then you should be content with your post. This type of perspective will help students to learn that it is their duty to build a positive digital footprint.8d88ec1988d8de81a07e16ec295a7725


Even core, traditional, foundational establishment like libraries, had to adapt with the vast web development of social media sites. Weaver noted in 2010 that “libraries are in the business of information and, if they wish to survive, communication. Today, one of the main ways of communication is … Facebook.” Further to this, an observation merely four years old, almost seems antiquated today in that so many more options are available for students to engage in social media that it is challenging for adults to keep up with. Apps such as SnapChat, Vine, Instagram, and others have made connecting simple, easy, and universal.

When used appropriately, as creative, critical tools, social media has an opportunity; Social media “as a learning tool and space has the potential to make visible the way a range of concepts are destabilized, and that the co-creative identities and interactions fashioned via Facebook can lead to an extremely important mode of self-reflexive critical thinking” (Leaver, 2014).


Richardson, W. (2008). Footprints in the Digital Age. Educational Leadership, 66(3), 16-19.

Moore, S. C. (2012). Digital Footprints on the Internet. International Journal Of Childbirth Education, 27(3), 86-91.

Weaver, A. (2010). Facebook and other Pandora’s boxes. Access (10300155), 24(4), 24-32.

Leaver, T. t., & Kent, M. m. (2014). INTRODUCTION FACEBOOK IN EDUCATION: LESSONS LEARNT. Digital Culture & Education, 660-65.


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