Critical Digital Literacy: Persona, Citizenship, and Reflection
In this post, I am going to be talking a bit about two Critical Digital Literacy skills: ‘digital persona’ and ‘digital citizenship.’ A ‘digital persona’ is important in our present day because many people use the internet daily to communicate ideas. Social media is a popular way of creating and maintaining connections, both personally and professionally. We need to make good “choice[s] in [our] presentation” of self when we are online because the information we put online is accessible by members of the public, often forever (Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs). We need to ensure we exercise control over our online persona by making smart choices about the “language, image[s], [and] content” we share (Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs). It is also important to consider the “privacy settings, placement, [and] disclaimers” when sharing our personal information online (Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs). Since we have “multiple potential audiences” for our “digital persona,” including “friends, colleagues, [and] employers,” we need to make sure our public information is appropriate for all viewers (Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs).
There are three different dimensions of a ‘digital persona’ I believe are important:
1. Identity building – understanding how identity works in a digital context, compared to real life. It is important to ensure the proper digital networks (Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs).
2. Managing Reputation– understanding how to be safe and appropriate about an online reputation. It is important to understand that what you put online is there for everyone to see, forever (Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs).
3. Participating – understanding how to appropriately participate with others in a digital setting. This could be on discussion boards for a class or a social network such as Twitter (Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs).
Understanding ‘digital persona’ is important for teachers. We need to make sure our ‘digital persona’ is appropriate. We are role models that must think about our students as another potential audience for our ‘digital persona.’ Additionally, we need to teach our students how to create an appropriate ‘digital persona’ for themselves.
Over the past few weeks, I have been editing my ‘digital persona.’ I have used a few different resources and methods to create my presence in new online spaces. The three goals I have kept in mind when editing and creating my ‘digital persona’ are:
1. Having a presence.
I want to make sure that when someone does an internet search on my name that a variety of appropriate and diverse information surfaces. A presence is good because if a future employer looks up my name they will see more evidence that makes me look credible. To create a good presence online I have taken done some codebreaking and done some identity building with a few social media platforms. I made some new professional accounts because they will allow me to provide more valuable information about me to potential employers.
Pinterest – Here is my new Pinterest account where I will be collecting and sharing ideas all about teaching.
LinkedIn – Here is my new LinkedIn account where I will be sharing my accomplishments and goals, to help me connect with other professionals.
2. Keeping it appropriate.
I want to ensure that I don’t have any images or information online I wouldn’t want the whole world to see. An appropriate “digital persona” is good because it will portray you in a positive light. To keep my “digital persona” appropriate I took all the steps to make sure my social media accounts had the right privacy settings in place because these social networks are intended for my friends and family. I made sure anything on these social media accounts that the public could see was okay for everyone to see. I made sure I was able to manage my reputation online.
3. Making it current.
I want to make sure my online presence is current because I am not the same person I was five years ago. Having a current ‘digital persona’ is good because it will help others retrieve the most relevant information about who you are. To make my ‘digital persona’ current I made sure that I deleted accounts that I used when I was younger. I was no longer active on these accounts, but I noticed they still came up in a search. I want to make sure that anyone who searches for me is seeing relevant information.
What is Digital Citizenship?
Digital citizenship is just like being a good citizen of any community. It important that online we are respectful, helpful, kind, and smart. We only should want to make our community a better place, not hurt it! Cyber Bullying is a topic that comes to my mind when thinking of digital citizenship. It is important that we show students that mean things they say or do online are just as bad as if they do or say it in person. Cyberbullying is a topic that needs education, which is why it is so important for teachers to teach what being a good digital citizen looks like.
I have made two creative makes I would like to share this week.
Mindomo Concept Map – Critical Digital Literacy I made a Mindomo concept map to summarize all the different Critical Digital Literacies I have learnt this semester. It took me a bit of time to figure out how to use it, but watching the tutorial videos helped! This is a platform I look forward to using in my future classroom.
I have created a Bitmojji Avatar of myself. I think this fits well into the concept of ‘digital persona.’ Creating this Bitmoji was pretty simple. I think that having students create their own Bitmoji would be a great “get to know you” activity in the classroom because it is fun and allows for self-expression.
I have created a sketchnote to summarize what I have learnt about critical digital literacy. This was not too hard of a task. I drew my sketchnote on paper first and uploaded this as a jpeg. file to my laptop. This a great way to reach students who learn visually.
This is a great youtube video that can be used in the classroom to explain sketchnoting to students. Throughout this last semester, I have learned so much about Critical Digital Literacy. The concepts I have learnt will have a lasting impact on how I will teach. The most important thing I will take away from my learning about CDL is how learning the digital domain has become as crucial to success as learning to read and write. Before this semester I never considered how important it was to teach students and learn ourselves, about Critical Digital Literacies. I have developed my skills in digital domain tons. I now know how to use many different tools from Padlet to Flip Grid. I can’t wait to use many of these new resources in my future classroom and teach my future students how to develop good digital literacy skills.
Thanks for reading!
Hinrichsen, Juliet, and Antony Coombs. “The Five Resources of Critical Digital Literacy: a Framework for Curriculum Integration.” Research in Learning Technology, vol. 21, 2014, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/269900385_The_five_resources_of_critical_digital_literacy_A_framework_for_curriculum_integration.