Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Are YOU a Digital Leader?

It's the first week of my senior year of high school; I'm taking a heavy course load consisting of multiple AP and College level courses. As I sit in Calculus, I quickly realize that the small amount of material I am retaining, won't affect me in the future. This class is driving me crazy.

It's the third week of my senior year of high school; Calculus is driving me crazy. I run down to the Guidance office and ask to switch into a class that will help me with my future goals. Eventually, I want to own an advertising firm in a big city-- why do I need Calculus? 

As soon as my Guidance counselor says that "DigCit" is an option, I immediately join the class. This was one of the best decisions I could have made for myself (not only because I got out of taking Calculus).

Throughout the semester, we focused on many different aspects on how we, as young adults, could become Digital Leaders. I think it's fair to say that, as a class, we all started out as Digital Citizens. My transition from Digital Citizen to Leader to quick and efficient. When I was informed of the criteria, I starting to notice a change in my digital life, as I was becoming more positive and educational. 

Towards the end of the semester, we compiled all of our work into a portfolio and presented it to many judges and classmates. We were told to address the criteria to prove the we, indeed, became Digital Leaders. 

Personally, I believe that my coverage of the criteria was very notable. It is amazing how much I improved as a Digital Leader throughout the semester without putting in too much effort. The internet is an amazing place and a great platform to learn and share everything, so being positive online should come naturally. Although I do believe I could have made my portfolio more complex, I like to think that it is simplistic and informative to my audience.

A challenge for me during this process was collecting evidence for each strand, since many of my examples could have been counted in many different sections. I overcame this struggle by realizing that I had more than enough examples to share, so I could easily spread out the ones I believed overlapped categories.

Success doesn't come easy. For me, I worked hard on my project to be able to showcase my experiences of the semester. I did this successfully by organized my portfolio into categories based on the strands of evidence. This helped me and my audience separate the data so I could explain why I put each one where it was.

My most successful criteria
Evidence 4: To Promote Important Causes, was my most successful strand of evidence. I enjoy using my social media as a form of communicating the wrong-and-right doings in the world. Many of my tweets and Facebook posts promote causes that I find to be important, especially women's rights. 

My weakest criteria
Evidence 2: To Empower Others with No Voice, was my weakest strand. Although I wish I could empower others more often, I found it to be quite challenging to find evidence to prove that I did so. On Twitter, I often retweet others who are in need of help or need help raising awareness. This could be considered "empowering", but I do wish that I could personally help these people. This will be my new goal: empower others with no voice as often as I possibly can.

Comments from judges and classmates about my presentation

Above are some comments left for me after I presented. Yes, I did present 4 days after getting all of my wisdom teeth removed. I believe that this helped to show my point of how important being a Digital Leader is. After enduring oral surgery, I still came in and explained to everyone why this is such a vital part of the world we live in today. My presentation probably could have been better if I didn't have chipmunk cheeks while talking, but I think that I did a good job conveying the importance.

If you are looking to become a Digital Leader like me, I encourage you to think before you post anything and to think of how your posts could potentially help other people.

Digital Citizenship is an invaluable class where I learned many life lessons I will take with me as I continue to grow up in this digital age.

My Portfolio