How Many Digital Footprints Does Your Family Make?

Screen Shot 2015-02-05 at 3.12.51 PMHave you ever thought long enough about digital footprints to imagine how many digital tracks family members or students make in a day or two?

Early in the school year fifth graders and their parents kept a short diary, estimating the footprints in a range of categories and then returned to school with the results. Footprints were estimated for sending texts, banking, receiving texts, purchasing groceries, cell phone calls, online banking, web sites, online purchases, and about a dozen more categories.

When our 21st Century learners came back to school, they recorded their estimated numbers onto bookmark post-its, and attached the post-its for each of the categories. Below are a few examples from this year’s results.

This is an exercise worth doing at home or at school. Each completed image, with total numbers ranging into the thousands, conspicuously illustrates how quickly digital profiles can expand. Once completed, the images will also serve as great conversation starters

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