Creating a professional digital identity is not only really important for educators but for everyone! What you put out onto the internet effects how people see you and the initial thoughts they might have about you. It can even affect whether you get a job or not, that is a lot of pressure! The more positive information you have out about yourself, the more positive your digital identity will be. When you are looking into someone and see happy, positive posts you are more inclined to look further and learn more about that person and their life experiences. I found it very insightful to look up ourselves and see what information comes up and in what order! If you have not tried this, I invite you to! DuckDuckGo is a great app to use because it give you a true database search. After all, you never know what will surprise you. Many identities are being stolen on the internet so it is a great thing to do frequently so that you are aware what is out there about you and what might be happening with and to your #digitalidentity.
I decided to cyber stalk the principal of the school I interned at to see what I could find about her digital identity. I found her on Twitter and she retweets a lot of the things that are happening at the school. This was awesome to see and I really appreciate that she is taking the time to share the wonderful things that the school is engaging in from different teacher and grade perspectives. This showed me that she cares about the school and has a big heart, I wanted to keep looking at what was happening in the school. I actually scrolled down until the end of her Twitter profile. This is what I want other people to do and have feelings of when looking up my digital identity. I was able to find her on Twitter but it was very limited as to what I could see. I also appreciate this because privacy is a big deal when it comes to digital safety and ensuring a safe environment to share things, especially when children are involved. I was able to see a few pictures, in which were professional and I was able to form an idea that she likes travelling and rock music. I also found her on Pinterest where I saw some pins related to different apps to try out, so I get an idea that she likes to incorporate technology into the classroom which is awesome!
This experience was enlightening and really opened my eyes to what educators and superintendents might be doing when I apply for jobs. I have gained a greater appreciation for a positive digital identity and how this could bring more educators to follow you and spread positive talk about you as an educator, which is the end goal!