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3 things students should have before they leave high school

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At the end of Telling a Story Beyond Grades, a blog post by George Couros, George shares an image stating 3 things that students should have before they leave high school. They are:

1. A professional social network

2. A digital portfolio

3. An About.Me page

It is becoming more and more important as adults to ensure we have a professional online presence. Being able to show our professional side through sites such as LinkedIn, blogs, Twitter and more allows potential employers to see what we have accomplished and what we can offer their schools or workplaces.

It would be great to hear your thoughts:

  • How are you developing your professional image online?
  • How important do you think this is?
  • In what places do you share professionally?
  • How do you keep your professional and personal separate online? And should you?
  • In what ways are you encouraging your students to develop a professional online profile? What are you doing to demonstrate the importance of this?

There is more to the blog post shared above than these 3 things and it is worth a read.


  • Celia Fleck (View all users posts) 29 Jun 2016 9:27am ()

    I believe that it is more and more important to be building and maintaining a 'professional digital footprint'.  It provides visible evidence to colleagues and future employers that you are connected, confident, actively involved, and a lifelong learner.  

    I am developing my professional image online through Twitter, my blog on Wordpress, VLN, POND, LinkedIn; I use these platforms to share ideas and collaborate with others.

    I personally believe that professional and personal should be kept separate online - I am not a Facebook user, so have a very minimal personal online presence.

    The last question is an interesting one - we seem to spend so much time warning young people about the pitfalls of being online, that perhaps we don't (or I certainly don't ) talk to them enough about the benefits of developing a professional online profile.  What might this look like for our Secondary Students?

    Be very interested to hear what others think about this.

    Ngā mihi.

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