A digital footprint is the word that is currently being used to describe the trail that is left when we visit the internet. It is the evidence that we have visited websites, uploaded videos, and sent emails. Our class has been learning about being safe on the internet, responsible in what we “say”, and aware of where we go on the internet. This is all part of being a responsible digital citizen.
We are also deep into our Project Feeder Watch project and now learning about identifying species by the evidence they leave in their habitat. As I was teaching this, it struck me that one can be used as an analogy for the other. Birds leave feathers, nests, droppings, and tracks in their habitat as evidence of their existence, and we leave email, sites, videos, and blog posts in our digital habitat.
So the next time you see a bird and the footprint it leaves by a dropping or nest, think about what you leave on the internet. Hopefully, it is respectful and responsible and not a “bird dropping.”
Take a look at what our class has found that shows evidence of birds in our desert habitat.
Evidence of Bird Species on PhotoPeach
Can you think of other analogies that could be compared to digital footprints?