Your persona in digital spaces is an important consideration for educators. It’s about being recognized in digital places in a professional capacity. Being recognized as an educator and a professional is not new. In Ontario, teachers are recognized by the Ontario College of Teachers. But recognition as a professional in spaces and places is shifting from the physical to the digital. It extends beyond classroom or school locations and reaches into professional learning communities that are evolving and fluid.
Building your public professional persona is about making critical decisions to create a presence to suit who you are and how you want to be recognized. Making decisions about your name, image, locations, and reputation need careful consideration. Safety and security need to be monitored. Your awareness of digital citizenship and participation should be a focus. Educators make decisions every day about their professional digital persona.
For me, it was a conscious decision to get connected, but doing so in a manageable and safe way. My work as an educator provides opportunities to read, write and share information about media production and digital literacies. This can serve as a model for other educators.
As I look for ways to share this experiential learning and decision making with my own students, I decided to ask teachers to talk about their process of building and managing their professional digital persona. An invitation was sent out using Twitter and many teachers responded. A google hangout is planned and questions were developed. The resulting conversation will reflect the diversity in decision making when it comes to participation, managing reputations and building digital identities as a professional in education. You are welcome to learn along with my students as these teachers share their professional digital persona. I thank each of them for taking the time to share their insights, challenges, tips and cautions.
The hangout will be broadcast live on Monday, February 29th at 8:00 p.m. EST. The recorded conversation will be helpful for reflection on professional digital persona.
You can join the Twitter conversation using the #digpersona, #OntEd and #mdl4000 hashtags.
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