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Thinking about my digital footprints after reading a post from @MitchChampagne

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I repeat myself all day long at work. This is partly due to genetics (I am becoming my mother) and partly because I work with middle schoolers.  I hear myself stating the following over and over and over:

“Everything you do online is public, permanent, and traceable.”

“There is no such thing as privacy online.”

“It’s not public versus private anymore. It’s public versus less public.”

“Make wise choices.”

“The only thing worse than kids behaving badly online is adults behaving badly online.”

I’m clearly imperfect, but I think I do a pretty good job of curating my online identity. For years, I’ve been choosing what to share and where to share it. I mainly use Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, and WordPress to post/tag projects I do with my students, sights I see on my travels, food I eat, photos I take, articles that interest me, NYC happenings, and other information I find worthwhile.

I try to model for my students and faculty what it means to craft and monitor your digital character, profile, and footprints. I remind them to Google themselves and set up Google alerts to keep track of their web presence. I tell them that since they cannot control others’ actions that may inadvertently or intentionally affect them, they should instead focus on what they can control. To this end, I show them how I purposefully claim digital real estate and populate it with things I choose to share and declare THIS IS ME!

Stuff I try to avoid online: I don’t really share anything personal — clearly, my definition of personal may differ from someone else’s. I don’t use curse words. I don’t use my Facebook account to register for other sites. I don’t use a lot of websites that require me to login. I don’t fill in anything marked optional. I don’t send long emails or argue with people using digital communications; I save that for face-to-face interactions (and phone calls with customer service representatives).

Yesterday, I saw a post on @MitchChampagne‘s blog about digital footprints. He shares resources for educating students and parents about how “a digital footprint is the word used to describe the trail, traces or ‘footprints’ that people leave online. This is information transmitted online, such as forum registration, e-mails and attachments, uploading videos or digital images and any other form of transmission of information — all of which leaves traces of personal information about yourself available to others online.”

The full post is here and included this video which I liked:

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The inaugural #MakerCamp launches next week on @Make’s Google+ page! #edtech #edchat

MakerCamp‘s official launch is July 16th. There will be 30 counselors introducing 30 projects over the course of 30 days on Make’s Google+ page. A new activity will be shared every Monday-Friday from July 16-August 24.

Topics range depending on the day: Maker Monday, Tinkering Tuesday, Weird Science Wednesday, Theoretical Thursday, Field Trip Friday. If you know any teens who are around this summer, please encourage them to take part in this unique opportunity.

The following is helpful information from MakerCamp’s FAQ page:

Q) Do I need to sign up or register for Maker Camp ahead of time?

A) No, you can attend Maker Camp and join the projects on whatever days you want. To get the most out of the camp experience, it’s best to begin when camp starts on July 16th. Details and materials lists will be posted in advance.

Q) Are there any age restrictions in terms of who can attend Maker Camp?

A) Maker Camp is aimed at teens 13+, because there is an age restriction to create a Google+ profile and attend hangouts. If you’re under 13, you can attend Maker Camp on Google+ with your parent, using his or her Google+ profile.

Q) Are there any fees to attend Maker Camp?

A) Maker Camp on G+ is free for everyone.

Q) Do I need to create a Google+ page to attend Maker Camp?

A) Yes, you will need to create a Google+ profile and add Make to your circles to attend Maker Camp.

Q) Can I attend Maker Camp on any of the days?

A) Yes! Maker Camp was designed to accommodate broad maker interests, so there’s something that appeals to everyone. We have diverse daily activities across a spectrum of science, technology, tinker, crafting, and weekly virtual field trips to amazing places. So you can come and go as your interests dictate.

Q) How often can I attend Maker Camp?

A) There is no limit! You can attend every day of camp over the 30 days and make all 30 projects! (We have special Maker badges to commemorate the most prolific makers!)

Q) Do I need a computer with Internet access to attend Maker Camp?

A) Yes, you will need a computer with an Internet connection to attend Maker Camp because it’s an online camp that’s totally interactive.

Q) Do I need a webcam on my computer so I can attend Maker Camp hangouts?

A) If you want to attend the Field Trips on Fridays, you’ll need a webcam to participate in the Hangouts on Air which are broadcast live and recorded. You can also just view the live streaming on your laptop which is a great experience, too, because the field trips are at epic places!

Q) Do I have to purchase materials ahead of time for Maker Camp projects?

A) Many of the materials you need for the projects are likely already available in your home. Any materials you need to buy ahead of time are inexpensive and easily attainable at grocery, hardware, or electronics stores.

Q) Will I need to have specific tools for the featured Maker Camp projects?

A) Most of the tools you’ll need are basic household tools like screwdrivers, pliers, hobby knife, scissors, and duct tape. More advanced projects may require tools like a drill, handsaw, and soldering iron.

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Maker Camp

The inaugural Maker Camp will happen online on Make’s Google+ page from July 16 – August 24.

There will be 30 different activities shared over the 6-week program. Anyone can attend for free using their Google+ account.

Adults should register here for a free promotional kit and one issue of MAKE magazine here: http://makercamp-eorg.eventbrite.com/

Teens should register here for the program: http://makercampteenprogram.eventbrite.com/

Details from the registration site below:

Introducing Maker Camp on Google+
Now every teen can experience summer camp because it’s online and it’s free! Maker Camp is a virtual summer camp on Google+, teaching campers how to make 30 awesome projects in 30 days.

How it Works
Maker Camp is a virtual summer camp for teens, with a focus on creating, building, and DIY-ing. It’s free and open to all, and runs from July 16th through August 24th.

Each weekday morning, a new project will be introduced by an expert camp counselor who will walk campers through the steps to build the project. Materials lists will be posted in advance so campers have time to find supplies for the next day’s project.

Each afternoon, campers can join the camp counselor in a Hangout on Google+ to talk about the project and look at photos campers have submitted.

And tune in every Friday, when we’ll be taking campers on epic “field trips” via a G+ Hangout!

Mark your calendar for Maker Camp on Google+ today! Camp starts July 16th!

How to Join In
Maker Camp is all about interactivity and participation! Be ready for the first day of Maker Camp by building your profile on G+ today and adding MAKE to your circles. Once you’re on G+, you can interact with friends and other campers and follow along with Maker Camp’s daily projects. Then show off your creations with photos and videos!

For more information visit makezine.com/go/makercamp

If you have any questions at all, please contact Meg Mason at mmason@makezine.com

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5th graders at @The_School are “outsourcing” their Greek 3-D temple designs!

There’s an awesome project happening in two of the 5th grade classrooms at The School at Columbia University right now. To supplement their study of Ancient Greece, Dena Rothstein and Heather Lortie, are having their students collaborate with students from The Marymount School across Central Park on the Upper East Side. (The School is located on the Upper West Side…) Both groups are designing 3D Greek temples using Tinkercad and sharing their online files with a group at the other school to tweak, customize, and ultimately build (“print”) in our 3D printers. The humor of us being able to say that we are literally outsourcing to the East is not lost on us.

Teachers supporting this collaboration at The School are Heather, Dena, Greg Benedis-Grab (@gbenedisgrab), and Don Buckley (@donbuckley) with a lot of support from Cristina Martinez (@finlaycm) and a little support from me. On the UES of the park, Jaymes Dec (@jaymesdec) and Lesa Wang oversee Marymount’s particpation in the project. Jaymes designed the new Fab Lab at Marymount, and he just spoke at TEDxNYED last month.

Today, the groups communicated “long distance” and “real time” using Google Video Chat. (Cristina Martinez turned on the Chat feature for students just for this project and just for a few days. Usually, this feature is disabled.) I moved about checking on all of the groups. At one point, I observed four kids (two in front of me and two on the screen) discuss their designs and even use a secondary laptop facing the camera to visibly demonstrate how to use Tinkercad to make a triangular hole to decorate the roof of a temple. I thought that was awesome. 🙂

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