I’ve thought a lot about my online persona as a teacher. (Bowen, 2012) gives us some sense of how to “behave” as teachers in the virtual realm, but I felt much of that was kind of no-brainer stuff (p 34-37) . I feel like we are entering an era of not only having two or three people inside our own heads (think back to the last time the voice in your head argued about whether to go to the gym or eat chocolate and then screamed at your voices to quit arguing about it and just eat the damned chocolate), but we now have to manage a physical personality and a digital one. Weird eh?
To take that a step further, we also have a digital teacher personality/reputation and a digital personal personality/reputation. Ok…my head is spinning now. ;S
So, I’m thinking about that ONE (seriously one) photo in which I am smiling and innocently hanging out with my little sister. There is no alcohol in the photo, but it is somewhat apparent that she and I have had a drink or two. Would I want a student to see that? HECK NO! I keep it up there because it truly is a nice shot of the two of us, but I often question whether I should take it down. So…I had a looksee on the good ol’ interweb and found an article about how to avoid being, “found” online.
I now have my virtual sunglasses and cap on…can you see the “real” me? NOPE! Okay…maybe you can. Can you? #amlearning
Bowen, J. A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve Student Learning. San Francisco, California: Jossey-Bass.