Your Digital Footprint

A digital footprint is the trail you leave on the Internet each time you visit. Any information you access, the details you share, the games you play, the groups you interact with, and the emails that you send.

As a digital citizen, it is your responsibility to recognize and deal with online hazards, build safe spaces and communities, and to manage your personal information conscientiously to shape and grow your online presence in a safe, creative, and participatory way.

  • What does your digital footprint say about you?
  • Have you googled yourself? Pipl? Spezify?Persona?
  • Were you easy to find?
  • Did you like what you found?
  • Were you surprised by anything?

Everything you say and do on the Internet portrays an image of who you are. This image becomes your online reputation. It is how people see you.

Think about the question - how do I want people to view me through my digital footprint? What kind of reputation do I want to have? What image must I portray to the people around me? After you identify the answers to these questions you will then need to create it through your online presence.


  • Practice good digital citizenship by developing a digital footprint that identifies your content area, pedagogy, and technology skills.

Getting Started

How to Brand Yourself

Future employers will look at your digital identity. Your goal is to create an identity that demonstrates your professional learning and skills. A footprint that represents you as an educator for your future/or current students and colleagues.

Always keep in mind that once information has been posted online, it is almost impossible to remove because of archiving and file sharing that the Internet is based on. Even though you deactivate accounts and/or delete information off of sites, information can still be retrieved by others using a variety of tools. One tool is the Wayback Machine.

Managing your Identify
Throughout the semester, you will learn to manage your digital identify by being a conscientious user of the Internet through the development of your Personal Learning Network and work posted on your course blog and ePortfolio.