digital Footprint

Q1 Managing Your Footprint

5. Digital Footprint


You will learn more about your digital footprint and the amount of media usage you achieve daily. In the process you will also compare your media usage with your classmates.

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. 

Media Usage: Media usage is the sum of information and entertainment on the Internet taken in by an individual or group.

I Can Statements

  • manage my digital footprint
  • graph my media usage


Part 1: What is your footprint?

  1. Visit this introduction to a Digital Footprint from TeacherTube or Your Digital Footprint (YouTube 3:20) about the impact of your Digital Footprint.
  2. Watch 5 Ways to Make a Positive Digital Footprint (1:42 YouTube).

    Class, Group or Individual Activity: Now that you have learned about some Top Tips, think about the tips that impact your own activity online. Create a Google document (or other word processing program) and create a list of seven safety tips. Name this document: Internet Safety and share it with others you feel this list might help.
  3. Read the following 11 tips for students to manage their own footprint.
  4. Use this link to participate in a Digital Footprint Survey and it will open in a new window which you can close and return here. You may look at the results from others. 

Part 1 Steps 5-8: Create your Digital Footprint

5. Next download or copy and use one of these footprint documents (foot PDF Document, or GoogleDoc footprint slide to copy and use ). (OPTION: if you don’t want to print the foot or your printer isn't working, you may grab a piece of 8 ½ x 11 paper, trace around your foot with a pencil and write about your digital footprint in the hand drawn foot).

6. Make a list of sites you visit a lot. These might include social networking sites (Twitter, FaceBook), gaming sites, shopping sites, learning sites.

7. Organize your list into categories and write them onto the footprint, for example, all social networking sites together, all gaming sites together, etc.

8. Save your footprint in your File Space.  Your teacher will discuss all findings with the class.

Part 2: Recording for your Footprint

Part Two: Recording

  1. Homework: Think about all of the different digital devices you use daily. Your next task is to log your own daily use of all digital media over four days which includes at least one weekend day. 
  2. Some examples include: phone usage, gaming (DS, Playstation, X-Box) playing, surfing the internet, texting and so on.     
  3. Log your time spent into the Word chart or PDF chart provided.

Part 3: Your Report

Part Three Report- Special Note: (Check with your teacher for a presentation schedule)

  1. Add up your total media use in categories (e.g., Internet, gaming, cell phone, etc). Hold on to this information as you will need it for your work with a small group.
  2. Once your media use is totaled, your teacher will place you in collaborative groups to compile your media data for a group total. It is suggested that your group visit this site to graph your data. You might want to graph your individual usage first. See the following example:

      My Own Log Data

3. Your teacher will assign you to a group. You may find it helpful to take different groupwork roles. Each member could choose a role from the following options:

4. Graph your combined group results. Which type of graph best represents your data? (Examples provided below)

Group graph   Pie graph (2) 

5. Download your graph to insert in a Word document or a presentation program to show the class.

  1. Address the following when your group presents your report to the class:   
  2. Explain why you selected the type of graph you used.
  3. How is the digital footprint represented within your group?
  4. How does the digital footprint of your group compare to your own individual usage?

Completing this Quest

In order to complete this Quest, make sure to have a meeting with your teacher about your digital footprint. It is extremely important that your files are saved in your File Space so that your teacher can see your Quest is completed.  

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I am ready to tackle Quest 2

Websites and Applications



Create a Graph

Competencies & Standards

MITECS   Michigan Integrated Technology Competencies for Students, and

ISTE Standards for Students

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

7. Global Collaborator
c. Contribute constructively to project teams, assuming various roles and responsibilities to work effectively toward a common goal

Common Core Standards

6.SP.1 Statistics and Probability

6.SP.5 b & d Summarize and describe distributions

Math Practices 2, 4, 5, 6