Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Controlling Your Digital Footprint

Digital Content is King

Welcome to the 21st Century – where a video recorded in high definition via a mobile device may be uploaded and shared to Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, etc. in just a matter of minutes – if not seconds.

Now, these videos may be anything from a surprise birthday party, service member returning home from deployment, an engagement proposal to a fight at school.

Either way, the speed with which video may be shared with anyone who has access to the internet is incredible when you really take a moment to think about that.

Now, for all of the positive scenarios of sharing video, that may, very well, be a good thing.  However, when considering the negative instances of sharing video, educational institutions need a positive way to control the “spin” factor, as well as, the associated positive/negative reputation that develops from this kind of exposure.

Control Your Digital Footprint

Your “Digital Footprint” is anywhere that information about you, or your organization/company, can be located digitally — especially via the interwebs.  It is important to understand how wide of a digital footprint you generate.  Then, you need to take steps to control your digital footprint.

From an individual viewpoint, this could be as simple as not creating any online accounts.
Or, is it really that simple?  If you don’t have any online accounts, does that prevent someone else from posting an image and/or video(s) where you are “tagged”?

You see …
Not participating in the digital/information age is not really a solution — especially from the viewpoint of a company or an organization.

It is more important to positively interact with and engage with the consumers of your product, service, or information.  Additionally, it would probably be in your best interest to control your digital footprint in the same spaces as the consumers with whom you interact (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Youtube, etc.).

This is becoming more and more important for schools across the nation.
The education world tends to be slow in adopting technological advances – including forms of communication.

In the end, it is more important to be proactive and to take action to ensure that the message you want disseminated throughout the interwebs is actually what is getting promulgated.


Teachers Talking | Mr. Bland & Coach Pabon | Book of Bland

We Should All Write A Book

No, seriously.
I believe we all should write some kind of book.
Everybody has something inside of them to contribute to the world around them.

There are those small things that we found ourselves repeating time and time again.
Maybe it’s some kind of quality advice.
Maybe it’s a step-by-step process for doing some kind of task.

  • Achieving a certain kind of style or look with make-up
  • Different way to perform various maintenance requirements for your vehicle(s)
  • Life lessons and how to capitalize on opportunities that stem from “mistakes”

The point that I’m making is that we all have something of value to share.  Maybe it won’t be a book that turns into the next block-buster movie event of the Summer, but who knows?  Maybe it will.

Either way, why not take a chance and just go for it.
I like Mr. Bland’s idea for a book, and I actually think he should write a book.

If you know who Mr. Bland is, and even if you don’t, you should encourage him to follow through with this idea & publish this book.

His youtube channel is: Mr. Bland
You can go subscribe & leave him a comment to get started on his “Book of Bland”.

While you’re at it, I would be most appreciative if you subscribed to my channel:
Coach Pabon.

Taking it to the Web

Originally Posted: February 5, 2011

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

I am currently enrolled in a “Media and Instruction” course at National University which will be utilizing digital storytelling for some of the assignments.  It is widely accepted that classical storytelling may be utilized as a catalyst to assist students with the cultivation of literacy skills.  The idea of digital storytelling simply moves the associated activities into the digital arena (Ohler, 2008).

The video which is embedded below is an excellent example of digital storytelling, and not because it happens to be the course instructor’s welcome video.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Where there is a will, there is a way. ~ Pauline Kael

While it was not easy to find the embed code for Dr. Taylor’s welcome video (I did not see the video on his Youtube channel), I used my natural curiosity along with my previous background as an IT Security Analyst to find the necessary embed code.

I chose this video because when I first watched it, on my mobile device, I knew right then and there that I wanted to be able to do something similar for my degree’s capstone project.  Some of my first thoughts were that I would love to be able to utilize the green-screen technology with a 3-D digital world as the overlaid background.

Efficacy of the Internet & Digital Issues: Creative Commons | Share, Remix, Reuse – Legally

Originally Posted: September 21, 2010

Points Covered:

  • What is Creative Commons (CC)?
  • Impact on Copyright
  • Impact on Education
  • CC License Conditions
  • Specific CC Licenses
  • A Video Summary

Take a look at this SlideShare presentation
for a brief introduction to CC Licensing options for creative works.

Please feel free to provide constructive feedback
in the comments section below.