Blog Profiles

Smart Footprint: Understand the difference between private and public information

A blog profile shares information about a blogger with their audience. Creating a blog profile is an opportunity for learners to connect with and understand that every time they share online it is contributing to creating their digital footprint. They need to make smart decisions about what personal information they share in their blog profile.


How will you engage learners?

Create a selection of blogs for your learners to explore that include quality examples of blog profiles that enable your learners to connect with creating a positive digital footprint e.g.

Blog Detectives

Explore a blog , could be their own or one of a selection you have linked to on your learning site. See above.

Use the mindmap to record:

  • what you know about this blogger from their blog

  • your impressions of this blogger e.g. what they like, what they are good at, what are their interests?

  • Add more shapes and arrows to your mindmap if needed

Share links to these blog profiles on your learning site for your learners to explore. While exploring the profiles notice:

  • What personal information has the blogger shared in their blog profile?

  • What do you learn about the blogger from their profile?

  • What don't you know about the blogger from their profile?

  • What do these blog profiles have in common?

  • Share and compare what you have noticed with a friend.

  • Describe the blogger to your friend. Share your impression of this person based on their online profile e.g. their personality, characteristics, values, qualities.

  • How are your ideas different and/or the same as your friends?

How private is your personal information?

Consider your learners when deciding whether to use the following video e.g. curriculum level, age, time using devices and sharing via blogs.

  • How will you scaffold? i.e. prior to exploring the blog profiles or after?

  • What will you ask them to notice while watching?

  • How will you make connections with their blog profile?

Public or Private

Public or Private
  • Public or Private: Select one of the options and make a copy.

  • Public or Private: Text or Public or Private: Images

  • Provide time for learners to make these decisions privately first. At this stage decisions are not about being right or wrong. We are learning to stop and think and make decisions based on what we know about sharing personal information online.

  • Once learner have completed, create groups of 2-3, compare and contrast their decisions.

  • If decisions differ, share their reason.

  • Would they change their mind based on what others have decided? Why?

  • If I am not sure keep it private.

Revisit using keyboard

  • Short cuts for cut and paste,

  • Repositioning pointer with touchpad before pasting.

  • Highlighting text

Encourage your learners to share their responses with their parents or caregivers.

Options for learners to use to draft their blog profile. Select and repurpose in response to your learners.

Write a personal profile to share on your blog.

Use the webcam to take your profile picture.

Options for creating an updated blog profile

Use a Google Site page, or Google Draw to create an online profile in the style of a web page or graphic poster. Consider co-constructing criteria for elements or develop a template to guide learners if needed. (see below)

Include images/screenshots at school learning, creating or sharing.

Write a personal profile to share on your blog

Examples from the Manaiakalani Film Festival site. Learners could harness these recommendations to create an online profile while at the same time learning the skills they will utilise when creating their film for the festival later in the year.

See online profiles e.g. create profile as an interview, short video, screencast

Breaking the Ice With Student-Made Videos (Edutopia)