Clean up your digital footprint


If you’ve experienced phishing scams, password confusion, or creepy ads that indicate you’re being watched, there ARE steps you can take to make your Google account a little more secure.

Joe Schultz recommended using 1Password, a service that creates and stores complex passwords for you. You only have to remember one login – to 1Password – and you’re set. I have spent the last few weeks getting the hang of it, and I can honestly say it’s the best $3 a month I could spend. If you’d like to start using it, too, please make an appointment and I can help you through the process of signing up!

Finally, here are some simple steps you can take with your Google account to make sure there’s no funny business going on.

Don’t steal photos. Don’t let your students steal photos.


What do I mean by “stealing photos”?

  • Taking an image from the Internet that isn’t labeled “fair use.”
  • Using a fair use photo without citing it.

It’s not difficult to use online images responsibly, it just means adjusting the way you do things. There’s a page on the #ChromebookPirate website about how to use photos, music, and video without stealing, and there’s one on the student Chromebook Handbook as well.

If we’re not modeling ethical behavior, we can’t expect it of our students.

If you have any questions, or if you’d like for me to come in to your classes to show students how to search and cite fair use photos, please let me know!

But for starters, Photos for Class offers a simple fair use search feature and does the citation right on the photo for you!

Choose the Right Sharing Settings for your YouTube Video

maxresdefaultWhen students upload videos that they’ve created to YouTube for sharing during class, they might forget to set the sharing settings correctly.

If they set videos to “Public” – the videos will be searchable. Because your students’ names are connected to their YouTube accounts (through Google), they may not want these videos public.

They should probably choose “Unlisted” – this way, they can give the link to only the people who should watch the video.

Remember — if they share the link to their YouTube video on, say, a Google Slides document, or on a Google Doc, for other students to see — they’ll have to remember to make that Google document visible, too! Otherwise no one will even be able to get to the video.

Here’s an article called “5 Ways to Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately” that will help you to review your own sharing practices. I love, for example. My students did too.

If you or your students ever want to edit videos that you created and uploaded to YouTube, you need to be sure that you go to the Video Manager and set your video’s ownership to “Creative Commons.” There is an article here about how to do this, and why it’s important. There is also information on digital citizenship the students’ Chromebook Handbook.