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Footprints in the Digital Age

Educational Leadership Volume 66, Number 3, ISSN 0013-1784


Being literate in the 21st century means being able to function in and leverage the potential of collaborative, transparent online groups and networks. Before educators can help their students make the most of this powerful potential, they need to understand that the willingness to share one's work--and to some extent one's personal life--fosters these connections. Although many students are used to sharing content online, they need to learn how to share within the context of network building. In addition, they need to understand that publishing has a nobler goal than just readership--and that's engagement. Educators must help students learn how to identify their passions; build connections to others who share those passions; and communicate, collaborate, and work collectively with online networks.


Richardson, W. (2008). Footprints in the Digital Age. Educational Leadership, 66(3), 16-19. Retrieved January 27, 2020 from .

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