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Your digital footprint. Or is it yours?

This is a guest post by the @digitalsisters who are Emma and Charlotte Robertson, founders of Digital Awareness UK. I first met Emma and Charlotte at BETT 2015 and I was really impressed with their approach to e-safety. I asked them to contribute to my blog and they kindly agreed.

When we deliver our Employable Digital Footprint Programme in schools, we challenge students to think about what they would like people to find when they “Google” them. And not just any people – potential employers, teachers or Universities they might want to apply to attend.

One of our favorite classroom debates questions “should you be judged by a future potential employer based on something silly you posted 10 years ago?”

We like it because usually the ‘no’ argument leans towards people believing in freedom of expression – whether that’s in relation to politics, religion, your music taste or even your ex-girlfriend! The very purpose of social media, especially for young people, is that it’s a platform for them to reveal their identity and voice their opinion. If political correctness and clean imagery were a key requirement for social networking it probably wouldn’t last long!

The ‘yes’ argument usually leans towards the opinion that if you choose to post a silly picture of yourself or even a racist comment, which could offend people, you have to expect that people will judge you for it moving forwards.

Your digital footprint is the trail of information you leave behind you when you do anything online – the things you buy, the keywords you search for, the comments you make on Facebook or your profile picture on Twitter. Michelle Clark has done a fantastic TED Talk on digital footprints and the impact they have on young people today:

As time passes, we’re slowly starting to discover that not only do these behavours get sold onto third party marketing companies; they can also be used as a character reference.

Research by ExecuNet showed that 77% of recruiters said they used search engines to find background data on candidates and 33% admitted they eliminated a candidate because of what they found online. This is where things get interesting. If you “Googled” a candidate and found this picture, would you consider hiring them?

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So whether students like it or not, when it comes to the crunch they may get judged based on something they’ve done 10 years ago.

However, there are also many plus sides to having a digital footprint. You can purposefully create things online to ensure that when employers or Universities do Google you, they find something that showcases you in a more positive light. This could be a careers blog, an infographic CV or well-populated LinkedIn profile.

Once students have done a clean up of their digital footprint (if that’s what they wish to do)! We focus on the positive side, and brainstorm creative ways to get yourself noticed online.

There are five simple steps you can take to helping to protect your digital footprint and this is something we hammer home to our students:

1. Check the security settings on all your social network profiles to ensure the content you’re posting is as secure as you want it to be
2. Use nick names if you don’t want to use your real identity
3. Delete old, disused social profiles such as Bebo, which may contain content that doesn’t reflect you in a positive light
4. ‘Report’ any content of you that you wish to be deleted to social networks. Or work with Google/the webmaster of any website you feature in to get it deleted. Click here [hyperlink: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/4628134?hl=en%5D to find out how
5. Moving forward, think before you post!

Digital Awareness UK use leading YouTube stars, hackers and social media specialists to inspire students to enjoy using social media safely. If you’d like to work with them to help bolster your e-safety efforts, get in touch with Emma and Charlotte at http://www.digitalawarenessuk.com or tweet @DigitalSisters

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Cyber Safety: Social Media, Cyberbullying and Sexting (Year 10 Presentation)

This is a copy of a presentation I gave to Year 10 students on Cyber Safety. It covers social media, cyberbullying and sexting. Although this is heavy going I think it is still important when talking about this subject matter that you also talk about how positive social media can be, when used appropriately.

 

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Matt Britland: Experience and Portfolio

Director of Realise Learning and Director of ICT at The Lady Eleanor Holles School

Previously:

  • Head of ICT at Kingston Grammar School
  • Deputy Head of ICT at Cleeve School

Recent Work:

Client: Bett 2015

Bett Stories

Client: Bett 2015

(Speaking Engagement) Speaking about social media on Wednesday and Friday of Bett 2015.

Client: BETT 2015

Judge for BETT Futures 2015

Client: Barclays / Hopscotch Consulting

(Writing / Lessons and Workshop Resources) Barclays Life Skills: Digital Citizenship Lesson Plans, Workshops and Resources

Client: Education Executive Magazine

(Writing) Google: More Than Just a Search Engine

Client: Research in Practice

(Speaking Engagement) Professionalising The Use Of Social Media

Client: Bett 2015

(Promotion) Promotional material for Bett 2015 – Photos coming soon

Client: Innovate My School

(Webinar) How your school can maximise its online potential: July 2014

Client: Matt Britland & Tristan Kirkpatrick

www.ictcomputing.org – Open Source KS3 Computing Curriculum: July 2014

Client: Education Executive: EdExec Live 2014

(Speaking engagement) – Getting Savvy with Social Media: June 2014

Client: Osiris Educational 

Secondary iPad Training Course –  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: March 2014

Client: St Pauls School (London)

(Parent Presentation) Young People and Technology – February 2014

Client: The Guardian

The future of online learning: challenges, opportunities and creativity: Round Table Discussion  – January 2014

Client: BETT 2014

“Fall in ‘like’ with tweeting: How social media can revolutionise the way you plan lessons and teach” – 24th January 2014

Client: St Pauls School (London)

(Staff Inset) Young People and Technology – January 2014

Client: Zurich

Zurich’s Future, History, Now – Speaking engagement – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: 28th November 2013

Client: Government Knowledge

How to Deliver and Effective Computing Curriculum – CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO: 12th November

Effective use of Tablets in the Classroom: 12th November

Developing an Effective E-Safety Policy: 12th November

Client: Optimus Education

Design and Deliver an Outstanding Secondary Computing Curriculum – CLICK HERE FOR THE FLYER: 15th October 2013

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Do Teachers Need to be Qualified?

Client: The Guardian

(Interview) 10 Minutes with a Head of ICT

Client: PropellerTV

Television interview by Matt Britland about educational technology – Broadcast 5th August 2013.

Client: Optimus Education

Webinar: ‘5 Top Tips to Safely and Effectively Utilise Social Media as a Tool to Support Learning

Client: TheSunday Times Festival of Education 2013

Panelists discuss the best ways to engage students through technology in the classroom.

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) What is the Future of Technology in Education?

Client: Westminster Briefing

Speaking Engagement – Computer Science in the Curriculum: Delivering Innovative Provision in Schools & Colleges (London) – Download my presentation (5th March 2013)

Client: Science Learning Centre, Institute of Education, University of London

4 Day CPD for the New Computing Curriculum

Client: Millfield School

ICT, Computing and iPad consultancy

“Thank you for an excellent, well focused inset on the integration of iPADs into ICT teaching in particular and the curriculum more generally.  The presentation and demonstrations inspired confidence in the classroom use of iPADs and helped reassure staff as we go 1:1 in September.  It was good to get an insight into cutting edge use of Apps and to swap ideas with a consultant who has current day to day experience as a Head of Department.”

Nick Williams, Head of Business, Computing and ICT: Millfield School

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) There is Room For Both Computing and ICT

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Being an Outstanding Teacher

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Social Media for Schools: a guide to Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Is It Time to Rebrand ICT?

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) The Power of Twitter

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) How much will digital text books shake up education

Client: The Guardian

(Writing) Is Gove Washing His Hands of ICT

Writing:

Writers and teacher advisor for the Guardian Teacher Network.

Matt Britland

Top 10 Blogs of the Year – Guardian Teacher Network

Disney

Club Penguins Guide to the Wonderful World of the Web

E-Safety Advisor Newsletter

Introduction to Social Media in Education

E-Learning Update

Touchscreen Tablets – How are these being used in Primary and Secondary Schools

Curriculum:

Recent KS3 ICT/Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s Open Source Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s Computing Curriculum

Mr Britland’s ICT Curriculum: Projects for student in Year 7-9 V1.1

iPad:

Implementing the use of iPads into school

iPad in Education Trial 2012-2013: Report, Evaluation and Data

Launch to HoDs

Launch to All Staff

E-Safety:

CEOP Ambassador

Introduction to Social Media in Education

Experienced in delivering E-Safety to parents 

Teaching Students about Facebook privacy settings

Social Media

Using Facebook Groups in School: A Brief Report/Evaluation

Experienced in using social media in education.

Training Resources:

Appshed Tutorial – Quiz: Programming

AppShed Tutorial – App Creation

Office Training

Photoshop Tutorials

Kodu Tutorials

iPad Tutorials

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Professionalising The Use Of Social Media: Research in Practice (Presentation)

This is the presentation I gave at the Research in Practice annual meeting about Professionalising the use of social media. It was a great morning and I met some amazing people who are really interested in using social media.

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Getting Savvy With Social Media: EdExec Live

On June 18th I will be speaking at EdExec live about social media. My talk is entitled “Getting Savvy With Social Media”.

To help promote my talk I wrote a short blog post on social media, giving a taste of what my talk will be about. You can have a read below.

Head over to the EdExec live website to read the original post and click HERE for tickets.

Using social media is a scary prospect for many schools and teachers. There are a lot of schools who don’t fully understand social media and what a powerful tool it can be for teaching and learning as well as for marketing.  It’s hard to relate to social media if you don’t use it yourself which is why it’s so important to have an expert in your school. This expert can help train members of staff, write an expectable use policy as well as mange and lead you social media strategy.

There are a number of options when considering social media, which include Facebook, Google+, YouTube and Pinterest, but my personal favourite would be Twitter. It’s easy to understand and manage; it’s uncomplicated and gives short bursts of teaching and learning as well as marketing.

Using social media enables schools to broadcast information including achievements, open days, school trips, sporting results and anything else that promotes the school in a positive way. This is fantastic not only for current students and parents but for prospective parents too.

Teaching and learning can also benefit greatly from the use of social media. Having used Twitter and Facebook for these purposes I’ve really been able to see the value of it. Not only is this great for students and teachers but it shows current and prospective parents the impressive things that departments are doing.

When using social media, schools need to be aware of some of the pitfalls. Common mistakes are tweeting from a work account instead of a personal account by mistake, posting images of students whose parent have requested not to be photographed, spelling mistakes, sharing links to articles that have not been checked and sharing incorrect information.

Matt Britland is director of ICT at The Lady Eleanor Holles School. He’s also an ed tech consultant, an avid tweeter and blogs for the GuardianIf you want to learn more about social media, don’t miss Matt’s seminar at EdExec LIVE 2014. 

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The Classroom of 2018: Video (Speaking)

Back at the end of November 2013, I took part in a series of talks organised and sponsored by Zurich called ‘Future History Now’.

My talk was entitled the ‘Classroom of 2018′. The talk has now been published and you can watch it below.

In my talk I mention the need for decisions about technology that affect teaching and learning being made by a teacher, the Director of ICT for instance and not just by an IT manager. Although I didn’t say it in this talk, I want to make it clear how important IT managers / network managers are in schools. They have the technical knowledge to make things happen. I realise I may cause offence to some but that was not my intention.

I also did an interview entitled ‘What will the classroom of 2018 look like’. You can read my interview by clicking on the link below and going to page 43.

‘What will the classroom of 2018 look like’