Wholehearted Digital Citizen

While lurking through Eduro Learning’s Kim Cofino’s blog post, with bold confidence, she states, ” the person I am online is the real me.” That struck me and left me reflecting on how I construct my own online identity. Could I say the same: the online me is the real me? Can I be my authentic self and express all of those intricacies, online? I recognize that this is a complex matter and I spent a lot of time reflecting on these questions. At this point, I will say up front that I’m left more unsure than sure.

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What do I know?

  • I, mostly, aim to stay private but within reach.
  • I spend about 95% of my time lurking.
  • I don’t have any friendships that are purely virtual, with whom I’ve met and maintained connections online.
  • I tend to compartmentalize aspects of my identity as per site. For example, Facebook is for old friends and family. Instagram is for cute photos of my life but mainly of my kids.
  • I worry about how the expression of self, online, impacts the way potential employers view me professionally.
  • I have used social media, especially Facebook, to grow and form new connections.

I guess what I’m trying to say is, in order for me to become less of a consumer and more of a creator I need to come to terms with how I value the digital self and being secure within my own digital self and being secure within my own online persona, taking me out of the depths of lurking.

“Vulnerabiltiy is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change.” -Brene Brown

Starting COETAIL is the path I chose to live out my educational philosophy, as a 21st-century teacher and learner. The digital divide is real and I want to always stay relevant for the new generation and to help others do the say. This is my journey toward being a wholehearted digital citizen.

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2 thoughts on “Wholehearted Digital Citizen”

  1. Hey Brittany,
    Agreed, making that realization if “the person I am online is the real me” is something I think many people are left unsure of- you are not alone. Being someone who enjoys “poking” others to really ignite discussions I, at times, find myself being way more outspoken online- with the safety of our digital screens from the comfort of your own home. Thank you for reminding us of the importance of being our real selves, as we move forward with self-expression and how this impacts the way not only potential employers view us professionally, but our friends, family, and fellow colleagues as well.

    Best of luck to you as we all move forward with our creative selves.
    -Shalene

  2. Hi Brittany!

    I am also thinking about my online identity, how much personal information I am ready to share.

    I believe that my COETAIL online identity should be based on my PLN research.
    We are who we are professionally and what we do in our COETAIL research.

    It would be helpful to all of us to share:

    1. The bank of online resources.
    2. The recommendations of how to use these resources for different subjects and different age-groups.
    3. Examples of the use and assessment.

    So, my thinking is that my on-line identity is not the same as my real-world identity because of my thinking for COETAIL’s journey is based on the specific requirements and in real life, my interests are beyond the teaching (even though it is my passion) and on-line technology. I love real books and good friends, painting and flowers, traveling and beauty of nature, animals and sunset, different la languages and cultures.

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