Information Technology Education
Material Type:
Lesson, Nearpod
Upper Elementary
  • Digital Footprint
  • Lesson Plan
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    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
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    Let's Make Tracks

    Let's Make Tracks


    This a lesson plan to teach elementary students to understand their digital footprints.  It encourages them to purposely create a positive digital footprint.


    This lesson teaches students that we all leave tracks based on our actions.  We also do this in the digital world.  This creates our digital footprint.  Let's purposely leave positive digital tracks.

    20 minute lesson

    To be used face-to-face but could expand to virtual if needed.


    Background for Teachers

    The following link to my wakelt collection can help you get resources and information to teach this topic.


    Step 1 - Goals and Outcomes

    Step 1 Goals and Outcomes

    Standard 2a: Students cultivate and manage their digital identity and reputation and are aware of the permanence of their actions in the digital world.

      Learning Intentions:

      • Students will understand that our actions create tracks that tell people about us.
      • Students will understand a digital footprint.
      • Students will list ways to create a positive digital footprint.

      Success Criteria:

      • Students will share ideas for using the internet  positively.
      • Students will recognize the definition of digital footprint.
      • Students will identify something they want to do to create a positive digital footprint.


      Step 2 - Planning Instruction

      Step 2 Planning Instruction

      Student Background Knowledge

      • Prior to this lesson, students will need to be able to use Nearpod lessons and activities.

      Strategies for Diverse Learners

      Teachers may support students by having them work together with another student on this Nearpod lesson.  They can walk them through the use of Nearpod as they do the lesson together in class.

      Step 3 - Instruction

      Step 3 Instruction


      Have all students sign into the Nearpod lesson.

      Have the students use the draw feature to answer what they know about the animals from looking at their tracks.  after they anser online invite some students to share with the class. (ex.  Several animals were at the same place, some had claws, they seem to be going in the same direction, etc...)

      Emphasize the point that some tracks like fossils stay forever, they are not erased.

      Next have a discussion about what they think they can know about people from the tracks in the sand. (ex. some people are bigger, heavier, how many people were there?, were they together.....)

      Use this point out that people are making decisions about us by the tracks we leave behind.

      Discuss what kind of tracks they are personally leaving.  (Are they leaving a trail of ....good friendships, messy rooms, silly fun......)  What are people deciding about them because of their tracks?

      Tur the discussion to the idea of making tracks in the digital world.  What will people know about us?

      Use the draw it feature to list 5 ideas.

      Watch the video about digital footprints and and answer the question in the video section.

      Review and clarigy just what a digital footprint it.

      Have students answer the opinion poll.  Can a digital footprint be good? Yes or No

      Bring them to the point that we make tracks - so let's choose tomake good tracks.

      Directly teach some ideas on how the unternet can be used for good.  

      After your discussion have the student list one of their ideas on the collaboration board.

      Have them fill in the blanks to cement their understanding of a digital footprint.

      Give them time to reflect on what they would like to do personally to create a positive digital footprint.



      Step 4 - Assessments

      Step 4 Assessments

      I will assess student learning through the use of the Nearpod activities.  Students will give short ansers (Draw it) to get their thoughts ready for class discussion.  They will use Draw It to brainstorm what they already know about a digital footprint. They will respond during the video to check their comprehension and attention to the video content.  They will use a collaboration board to share their ideas on positive internet usage.  I will use fill in the blanks to cement their understanding of a digital footprint. Finally, they will use the Draw it feature to share a short answer goal for their positive digital footprint. 

      Using all these activities will allow me to interact with each of them throughout the lesson.  I can check their ongoing understanding and finish with a chance for them to set a personal goal.