One of the first activities we tackle in our semester long #DigCit course is to Google ourselves. This is always an interesting activity since many of my students have never done this before. Before we begin, I have them predict what they think people meeting them online for the first time would think of them. They are challenged to Google every name they have used online, every email, every social media account, YouTube, gamer tags and Google Images. They have to search for themselves for at least 15 minutes. When they think they are done digging, I tell them to keep digging. They then have to report back in their blog as to what they found and whether they feel Googling themselves is something that they would recommend to their audience. This then leads us into our discussion of developing our social brand and how we can drive the narrative of what is online for others to find out about us.
Below are their first attempt at blogging. If you have a couple minutes, they would love to hear some feedback on their blogs! (Make sure to click Read More as some of them are longer than others).