Piedmont is a BYOT* school

(BYOT means you are able to use your own mobile device (cell phone, ipad, ipod, laptop or any wifi connectable device) for learning during the school day at teacher direction.

In order to use BYOT you need to know about Safety and Responsibilit

This comes with it a 2 prong responsibility as you use these devices to shape your online "Digital Footprint"- to avoid doing inappropriate things while also creating good things that will show others (your future jobs, colleges, and relationships) who you are online. Toward the first end, CMS filters provide some protection from temptations to go off task or visit inappropraite sites during the schoolday but it will also require self restraint on your part. I try to help incentivize that with the online learning rules. Toward the second end, you have more opportunities now in school to create and publish things that will to shape the image of yourself you show the world.

What you do online leaves footprints, even sometimes when you think you have erased them. It is a good idea for the world you are going out into to know what your fooprint looks like to others, and to manage and help shape your own impressions. Try these steps:
  1. Get in touch with your digital footprint.
    Do you know what your digital footprint says about you? If not, find out. Here’s how.
    1. __Google__ yourself.
      You can start in the obvious way and just Google yourself by typing your name into Google’s search box in whatever way(s) someone doing a search about you might i.e. John Smith, teacher. Take a look at what you see. Any surprises? Anything you wish were different?
    2. __Spezify__ who you are.
      Spezify is a search tool presenting results from a large number of websites in different visual ways. The site moves web search away from endless lists of blue text links and towards a more intuitive experience giving viewers an overview of a subject. The site mixes all media types: blogs, videos, microblogs and images. Everything communicates and helps building the bigger picture.
    3. Check out your online __Persona__.
      Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. It is a critique of data mining, revealing the computer’s uncanny insights and inadvertent errors. It is meant for the viewer to reflect on our current future world where digital histories are as important, than oral histories, and computation methods of condensing our digital traes are largely opaque and socially ignorant.
    4. Use __Google Alerts__ to monitor what others are saying about you
      You can sign up for Google Alerts to receive email updates of the latest relevant Google results about you by simply visiting the site and entering your name. You can click preview to see the type of results you'll receive.

  1. Determine if your digital footprint conveys the message you want.
    Once you’ve investigated what your digital footprint says about you, it’s time to determine if this is the message you want to convey. If it is there are several ways to grow the message more widely. If it is not there are several ways you can begin taking control of your digital footprint. Step three outlines several such ways.

  2. Begin taking control of your digital footprint
    There are several things you can do right now to begin taking control of your digital footprint. (some need to be done from outside CMS filters) You can try to use the hints below or attempt cleanup or removal by going here
    1. Create your __Google profile__
      What do people see when they find you online? You can control how you appear in Google and tell others more about who you are by creating a personal profile. A Google profile, enables you to easily share your web content on one central location. You can include, for example, links to your blog, online photos, and other profiles such as Facebook, LinkedIn, and more. You have control over what others see. You can also allow people to find you more easily by enabling your profile to be searched by your name. Simply set your existing profile to show your full name publicly.
    2. Connect with __Flavors.me__
      Go to and BAM you have your resume online. This site allows users to create a free and easy one page summary of who you are including your Facebook, Twitter, blog, website, and more.
    3. Create a __wiki__
      Use a site like Wikispaces to create a wiki that can serve as a collection of materials that you want people to find about you. Wikispaces is an easy[-to-use option and cms will give you a wiki if you need it for school (senior exit, project, etc)
    4. Launch a __blog__.
      You can launch a blog in minutes and for free on sites like Blogger and Word Press. A blog provides a terrific forum for you to right about topics of importance to you and enables you to begin to establish credibility and expertise in areas that are important to you.
    5. Make videos or podcasts
      Make videos about topics important to you. This ultimately serves the same purpose as a blog. High school student Armond McFadden did a great job of this with his
      __Transcast and Mass Transportation__ series on YouTube. When you look up Armond McFadden, you immediate know what this young man is expert in. Transportation, buses, trains.
    6. Comment on blogs and in discussion forums
      Comment on blogs and in discussion forums about topics and issues important to you. Be sure to include your name and if applicable a link to your webpage or blog. This ultimately will come up in searches and will. let people know what you stand for and how you feel about topics of importance.
    7. Join __Twitter__
      Set up a Twitter page and join the conversation. Make sure you fill out the bio information with your real name and important information about yourself. You can start following friends on Twitter by searching for a topic. For instance someone interested in education could simply search for “education” or search for a popular education search term like #edchat. You may want to follow the people who tag Tweets with this tag. Find one that’s interesting and reply to it. This becomes part of your digital footprint.
    8. Create a __Facebook Group or Page__
      While some people use Facebook for purely personal purposes, a growing number of individuals are using Facebook to establish a digital presence from which they can make professional connections and join conversations. The beauty of Facebook is the ease in which you can share links and information with specific people by tagging them and others can see and join the conversation as well. You can create a public Facebook page that conveys who you are and what you stand for while at the same time developing and maintaining valuable connections. You may want to consider a group instead which allows people to discuss and connect about topics of interests. If you’re not sure which to start check out this advice for __choosing pages, groups or profiles__.
    9. Create your own __domain__
      Select a domain that represents you. In many cases this will simply be your name. In other cases it may be a phrase that represents you. For instance, I bought the domain but there are also those who buy their name as a domain such as To create your domain you need to do two things.
      1. See if the domain you want is available at a site like
      2. Buy your domain at any number of sites. is one that Dean Shareski recommends
      • One innovative school Nokomis Regional High - upon graduation bequeaths each graduate with a domain using their name. After one year students can keep the domain or choose to let the renewal lapse. Some innovative schools are taking this a step further and providing students with a domain upon entry to school and supporting students in developing a site that represents them during their years in school.

Safety- You pledge this after the Cyber Safety Course on Gaggle:

Student Safety Pledge.

  • I agree not to post information and images that could put me at risk, embarrass me, or damage my future, such as
    • cell & home phone numbers
    • home address
    • sexual messages
    • inappropriate pictures and videos
  • I will not
    • post anything rude, offensive, or threatening
    • send or forward images and information that might embarrass, hurt, or harass someone
    • take anyone's personal information and use it to damage his or her reputation
  • I agree to
    • ask my parent or guardian's permission before going
    • have a parent or guardian accompany me
    • meet in a public place
  • If someone makes me feel uncomfortable or if someone is rude or offensive, I will
    • not respond
    • save the evidence
    • tell my parent, guardian, or another trusted adult
    • report to the website, cell phone company,, or the police
Thanks to Dean Shareski for inspiring this post and providing a thought-provoking and engaging session. For more ideas on controlling your digital footprint you can view the entire presentation filled with thought provoking questions and quotes, advice, and videos below.

credit-Post written by the innovative educator Lisa Nielsen--