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, Volume 60, Issue 4, pp 320–329 | Cite as

Creating an Intentional Web Presence: Strategies for Every Educational Technology Professional

  • Patrick R. Lowenthal
  • Joanna C. Dunlap
  • Patricia Stitson
Original Paper

Abstract

Educators are pushing for students, specifically graduates, to be digitally literate in order to successfully read, write, contribute, and ultimately compete in the global market place. Educational technology professionals, as a unique type of learning professional, need to be not only digitally literate – leading and assisting teachers and students toward this goal, but also model the digital fluency expected of an educational technology leader. Part of this digital fluency involves effectively managing one’s web presence. In this article, we argue that educational technology professionals need to practice what they preach by attending to their own web presence. We share strategies for crafting the components of a vibrant and dynamic professional web presence, such as creating a personal website, engaging in social networking, contributing and sharing resources/artifacts, and attending to search engine optimization (SEO).

Keywords

Web presence Social media presence Persona Branding Identity Social presence Self-promotion Privacy Digital footprint Digital literacy Digital fluency Image Thought leadership 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Patrick R. Lowenthal
    • 1
  • Joanna C. Dunlap
    • 2
  • Patricia Stitson
    • 3
  1. 1.Boise State UniversityBoiseUSA
  2. 2.University of Colorado DenverDenverUSA
  3. 3.

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