As an educator with two public blogs, private facebook page, and public twitter page, I spend some time every now and then thinking about what my digital footprint is and what it says about me. As of right now, I am deciding to maintain the public, non-protected status of my tweets and blog posts. Some educators might think this unwise. Some people don't even want a facebook page or anything publicly posted on the web because of the possible ramifications.
My decision is based on a desire to live transparently. In my personal and professional life, I seek to live with integrity of action, speech and thought. Therefore, nothing I post online should be surprising to the people I work with. I would love it if people could come visit my classroom in real life and give me feedback on lesson planning and implementation, but that's not always feasible. So I have an online community to help.
In my personal life, the same holds true. My postings should not come as a surprise to friends or family members that know me well. I am just seeking to document my journey and reflect a bit along the way.
That's all. Just something I've been thinking about lately. If anyone is reading, say hello!