digital Footprint

Q3 Web Presence

5. Digital Footprint


Used with permission from Matt McCullough


You are now going to create your own web presence. Before you receive your badge, you must begin developing a more professional web presence, which positively affects your digital footprint. Choose from the options provided:  Weebly, Google Sites, or another site that your teacher would like you to use. 

Key Vocabulary

Web presence: Once you have posted on the web, you now have an internet presence. This cannot be deleted as there will always be a digital trace which can be found by various searching techniques.

Resumé: A resumé is a summary of educational or work experience.

I Can Statement

  • create a professional web presence
  • use a design process to decide what to put on my website



Start by using a design process developed by NASA shown below before you put anything online.

A. Identify the problem: Design an appropriate website that is an introduction page about yourself. This should include information about you, and could include your future goals, career objective, education, interests, and skills. Think of this as a mini-online resume.

B. Brainstorm solutions: Brainstorm your own ideas (on paper or computing device). Then share your brainstorm with a partner to get their suggestions.

C. Select a design/Build a model or prototype: Create a draft of your ideal web site, writing out what you want to say, what web sites you want to link to, images you want to include (be sure to follow copyright rules).

D. Test and Evaluate: Test and evaluate your design by showing it to a small group of classmates where you each explain your own designs and content. Take turns and ask questions and offer suggestions to help your classmate improve their design.

E. Optimize the design: Optimize your design by making the changes suggested to improve it.

F. Share the solution: Share or post your final design with your teacher.


1. Check with your teacher to see if there is a preferred tool (e.g. Weebly, Google Sites, etc.) for creating a web presence for your class.

2. With this portfolio you will begin to develop a web presence that has a professional purpose: demonstrating your tech-savvy skills and knowledge to others. Choose one of the following websites to create your web presence:






Weebly - The easiest way to create a website.

Google Sites - A free and easy way to create and share webpages.


3. Now that you have chosen a website resource to create your web presence, go to the site and create an account (use the tutorials below as needed) 

HOT TIP: Avoid sharing your last name; your user name should never include your first and last name. A better choice is your first name followed by your last initial.

4. Use your final design completed in Step 1 and use it for the web page. Do not publish it until your teacher has checked it over with you.

5. If you completed Thing 3: Cloud Initiation, add a link for your website to your social bookmarking account.

Completing this Quest

You are well on your way to having a web presence. Make sure your web presence website is saved in your social bookmarking account and share your account information with your teacher. Your teacher may have special instructions for submitting your web presence; confirm receipt of your website with your teacher before returning for your badge.

Additional Resources

1. Things 6 (Cybersafety), 14 (Social Networking), and 20 (Mobile Computing) all offer more information on what not to share online.
1.Go to and click on the Try Demo. The Weebly support page has a Quick Start Guide

2. Google Sites

     a.  Google Sites Help

Check with your teacher about which option you should follow.

 Check off this Quest on the 21t4s roadmap 

  I have completed this assignment. I am ready for Blogs the last Quest in Digital Footprint

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
d. Manage their personal data to maintain digital privacy and security

6. Creative Communicator
b. Create original works or responsibly repurpose digital resources into new creations

Common Core Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details and well-structured event sequences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.