What is the digital world and a digital footprint?

What is the digital world? A better question to ask is how digital are you? Technology is advancing so rapidly and for everyday that passes our lives are becoming even more surrounded by the use technology. We use technology for communication, work, entertainment, news and other daily activities. In education, adapting and learning new ways to teach technology to students is important. A new method for planning educational lessons is to co-collaborate with students, this will lead to effective learning experiences on the use of technology (Prensky, M. 2008). Howell (2012) states “with technology one of the hardest transitions for a teacher is the move from being the expert in the class to being the co-collaborator, and digital technologies often force us to adopt this position”. The way technology rapidly advances, we often find it is the youth who are the most knowledgeable in their own digital world. Educators need to embrace this by working with the students as this is the best approach for increasing their personal knowledge in the digital world. Howell, (2012) mentions that “students today have been born into a digital world, but it is an unequal world.” Not all students will have the access and knowledge of technology. As educators we have to accept that there will be students with diverse skills ranging from fluent technological skills to students who have never even used technology in their life. Often students are unaware of the term ‘digital footprint’. A digital foot print is your history, information, activities, social accounts, and everything to do with you being associated with the internet. The digital footprint as a topic has to be emphasised when being educated to students because students often feel safe knowing they are private online, but not realising their digital foot print is not all that private and that their digital footprint is never fully erased (Ghoussoub, 2015).

This video explores the journey of growing up in a digital world.

Glenn Greenwald gives great explanations to why everyone has to be secure with their digital footprint. (Is a long video but worth the watch for key points).



Ghoussoub, M. (2015). Why Should I care about privacy if I have nothing to hide?. The University of British Columbia. Retrieved from http://digitaltattoo.ubc.ca/2015/04/10/whyshould-i-care-about-privacy-if-i-have-nothing-to-hide/

Greenwald, G. (2014). Why privacy matters. TED. Retrieved from htt://www.ted.com/talks/glenn_greenwald_why_privacy_matters?language=en#t-95338

Growing up in the Digital World – a news2day special. (2014). RTENewsNow. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9TBjvmUvpY

Howell, J. (2012). Teaching with ICT: Digital Pedagogies for Collaboration & Creativity. South Melbourne, Vic: Oxfpord University Press

Petschl, T. (2015). four steps to analyzing your digital footprint. Retrieved from http://www.hercampus.com/school/cal-poly/4-steps-analyzing-your-digital-footprint

Prensky, M. (2008). The 21st-century Digital Learner. Edutopia. Retrieved from http://www.edutopia.org/ikid-digital-learner-technology-2008


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