This week we have been instructed to think about our existing social media and online presence. I mentioned in my last post that I am not the biggest fan of social media. I do not have a Facebook account or a Twitter account and rarely post on my Instagram account. I use Instagram for personal use only and I keep my account set to private. I know that as a young teacher my students will (and already have) try to find me on Instagram so I am very careful about what can be seen. If a student found my account, they would see my bio which is “dress for the dog you want” as well as the link to a sitcom intro style video that my friends and I made for fun. Even if a student had access to my posts, I am confident that everything that I have posted is appropriate and professional.
When asked what I would want to work on in terms of my digital identity I have a very hard time answering. I am not nor have I ever been someone who is overly fond of social media and because of that, I tend to stay off of it. I honestly do not have a desire to create more of a presence online and will likely never post another blog once I am done this course. I know that what I am supposed to say is that I want to learn how to grow my social media and become more active, but that is simply not the case. I recognize that everyone has different likes and dislikes, so I think that it’s fair for me to dislike social media. I also know that most teachers are not bloggers and tweeters, so I know that not being active on twitter will not stop me from getting a job. By saying this all so openly I feel like I am challenging the entire idea of this course, but I think that it is something that is very important to consider and could spark some great conversations/debates!