To begin examining my social media presence, I googled my name in the “incognito” tab on my laptop. Since my last name is not very common, I was not surprised to see results that were directly related to me and my various social media platforms. The first result is my personal Twitter account. This is a Twitter account that I have had since the age of 11 (I joined back in January of 2012) and although I have spent some time in the past year or so updating it and deleting older content, it is not an account that I would take pride in being my “teacher Twitter.” Therefore, when I was told we would use Twitter in this class, I had decided to make a new account that would be my professional Twitter account for staying informed about educational trends and for networking. Now that I see how heavily Twitter is used by educators to connect with one another, I have rethought keeping my personal Twitter at all. To be clear, there is nothing inappropriate or “scandalous” on my old Twitter account (it is not particularly active), however, it is an account that has been around for eight years. Moreover, my personal Twitter is not private and one of the features of Twitter is that people can view all your “liked” tweets. This is concerning as I have accumulated many liked tweets over eight years and can not be confident that all of them contain appropriate language. This directly relates to the STF, as it states, “Consider whether any content posted, shared or liked online may reflect poorly on you, your school or the teaching profession.” Next, I took a look at my Instagram. My Instagram is private but with that being said, there is no content on my Instagram that I would be ashamed of my colleague, employer, or students viewing. Further, I have a VSCO account that contains appropriate images. Next, I took a look at my Facebook which was pretty dull. Facebook is where you will find information about my softball team and my mother’s embarrassing (but sweet) posts about me. Thankfully, I can safely say that after examining my online presence, the most embarrassing thing I came across was my softball stats from last year.
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However, I realized that none of my social media accounts speak directly to who I am as an educator and thus, my new goal is to utilize these common platforms (Twitter, Instagram, VSCO, Facebook, etc.) to start reflecting my teaching philosophy and goals.
Moreover, my biggest goal to work towards with respect to my professional digital identity is my blog. Although I have spent some time this past week rearranging my “menu” on WordPress, I would like to add some pages such as “my teaching philosophy,” “lesson plans,” and more. Overall, I would like to move away from having “personal” social media accounts to having all my accounts be professional and about teaching because all of my accounts (professional or not) reflect on me and who I am as a teacher.