digital Footprint

Q2 Your Evolving Footprint

5. Digital Footprint

Direct Link  to this SchoolTube video.
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It is important to begin thinking about creating a more formal or professional web presence for the future. Watch the movie above known as The Digital Dossier on SchoolTube to learn about evolving digital footprints.   

Key Vocabulary

Digital footprint: On the Internet a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or footprints that people leave online. So that means anytime you do or write something online, there will remain a trace even if you delete it.

Convey: To convey is to communicate a message or information. 

I Can Statements

  • manage my digital footprint
  • analyze my web presence


1. After watching the movie The Digital Dossier write a paragraph (5-6 sentences minimum) answering the questions below:


A.  When do you think your Digital Footprint began?  (You may want to ask your parents about when they began posting information about you online.)

B. Google yourself using your first and last name and hometown e.g."John Smith, Grand Rapids".  Use quotation marks (" ") for a more accurate search.  What did you discover?  

C.  Go to Google and do a search for Katy Perry, Serena Williams, or Bill Gates. Describe the digital footprint of the person you researched. What message does the footprint convey? 

D.  Think about the specific footprints or information you leave behind on the sites from your map in Quest 1 (such as what you viewed, typed, or accessed).  If this was the only information someone had about you, what would they think about you? What assumptions would they make about your habits & behaviors? What does your web presence say about you?

2. Save this paragraph as Digital Footprint Reflection in your File Space. 

Completing this Quest

In order to complete this Quest, make sure your file is saved in your File Space. Make sure to have a meeting with your teacher about your File Space. You may need this in a future Thing.

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ISTE and Common Core Standards

ISTE Standards•S

1. Empowered Learner
a. Articulate and set personal learning goals, developing strategies leveraging technology to achieve them, and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes

2. Digital Citizen
a. Cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and aware of their permanence of their actions in the digital world
b. Engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology
d. manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security