Maintain Your Digital Footprint

digi citizenshipIncluded in the Digital Tips Advent Calendar and part of the Effective Technology Integration category

This is my 4th year actively participating in social networks and using web tools. Although, I have enjoyed the journey and have seen the benefits, there are drawbacks. One is that I literally have 100s of online profiles scattered in cyberspace.  Each year, I make it a point to take at least  a day to maintain them and get rid of a few that I no longer use.

Here are a few guidelines for maintaining your online profiles:

  • Remember nearly every social website you sign-up for requires a profile!
    • The obvious ones are LinkedIn and Facebook. Keep track of the other social sites you signed up for such as Youtube, Vimeo, Twitter, Google Profile, Delicious, Flickr, SlideShare, and so forth. On most of these accounts you may have no profile listed. My long-term goal is to get suitable profiles on most of social networking sites or get rid of them.
    • Note: Try clicking on your avatar when you make a comment on different blogs to see what comes up.
  • Include an image, bio, and link to at least one portfolio item!
    • If possible the portfolio item should be a video, slide presentation with audio, wiki, or blog. If you really want to draw attention, then offer a lesson, hand-out, presentation, or other product you created for free.
    • If you can add a reference letter to the website or a recommendation, then ask your friends if they will write one for you and post that.
  • It’s okay to use the same items for each profile!
    • I now keep a Google Doc with pictures, a long bio, short bio, etc. then copy and past this info everywhere I go. I have also included the html code for sites that won’t immediately format correctly.
  • Create a QR code to link to your profile to use in presentations. Here is my QR code,   http://teacherrebootcamp.com/about/

Create an Online Profile

If you haven’t already created an online portfolio, resume, or CV, you can create an impressive one in less than 30 minutes by using free tools, like About MeFlavors, or Vizify. Creating an online portfolio takes a day or two and needs consistent maintenance. For this reason, I like to use a tool that works as a portfolio and aggregator. The first tool I found that did this in the way that I liked was Livebinders. Check out my LiveBinders ePortfolio here, Bit.ly/ShellTerrell. Two other great tools for creating e-portfolios are Educlipper and Wix. I have included additional tools and resources below:

Challenge:

Update your profiles, create a new one, or begin creating a digital portfolio.

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, author, and international speaker. She is the host of American TESOL’s Free Friday Webinars and the Social Media Community Manager for The Consultants-E. She has co-founded and organized the acclaimed educational projects, Edchat, ELTChat, The Reform Symposium E-Conference and the ELTON nominated Virtual Round Table language and technology conference. Her prolific presence in the educator community through social media has been recognized by several notable entities, such as The New York Times, UNESCO Bangkok, Edweek, Converge Magazine, the United Federation of Teachers, the 140 Conference, Mashable, English Central, Tefl.net, and T/H/E JOURNAL. Her education blog, Teacher Reboot Camp, is ranked as one of the top 10 language teaching and technology blogs and the 50 best blogs for education leaders. In 2012 find her book, The 30 Goals Challenge for Educators published by Eye on Education and participate with over 7000 educators worldwide in this online professional development course that helps educators develop Personal Learning Networks and accomplish social media and teaching goals. Find her on Twitter, @ShellTerrell. Shelly has taught English language learners at various levels since 1998 in the US, Greece, and in Germany. She currently presents and hosts workshops on integrating technology effectively with young learners and adults. Shelly holds an Honours BA in English and a minor in Communication with a specialization in Electronic Media from the University of Texas in San Antonio and an Honours MA in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix.

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