Monday, October 5, 2009

PLN 12

Will Richardson’s article “Footprints in the Digital Age” matters greatly because almost everyone has a digital footprint that we can all learn from. Digital Footprints are “the online portfolios of who we are, what we do, and by association, what we know—are becoming increasingly woven into the fabric of almost every aspect of our lives.” Will Richardson. Digital Footprints matter to me because I have one and all the information that I post will be there for a very long time. As Stanford researcher Danah Boyd puts it “we are discovering the potentials and pitfalls of this new public space. What we say today in our blogs and videos will persist long into the future and not simply end up in the paper recycling bin when we clean out our desks at the end of the year. “ This matters to education because according to Will Richardson 70% of youth who are online are talking about school related subjects and are learning from the internet and other peoples digital footprints. This matters to the world because people around the world have digital footprints and are communicating through the internet. People are using the internet more and reading others digital footprints. For example according to Dr. Wesch’s video “A Vision of Students Today” students read and learn from over 2300 web pages and 1281 Facebook pages which are other peoples digital footprints. In todays wold digital footprints matter greatly because everyone has a digital footprint that we can learn from.

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