When I was younger, my mother always had a box or envelope from every grade level in grammar school that contained all my projects, tests, and report cards from the year. It was my manila envelope, a collection of all my hard work that I could always look back on. Watters in “Claim Your Domain-And Own Your Online Presence” she explains the difference technology has made for students today. How can we have manila envelopes when everything is online? Is everything that a student has worked on throughout the year just vanish after the school year is over? If you have a digital domain, it does not. You can take with you a digital portfolio of your work and easily share it with others. It also doesn’t just have to be a domain but any social media can become a representation of yourself and your work. Instagram stores all your photos, Facebook contains photos and posts about your daily activities, and twitter holds your opinions and conversations with other people. Although it may not be a physical representation of the knowledge you have gained during the school year, a digital portfolio with different applications and websites is as close to a digital manila envelope as you can get.
A concern about having a digital portfolio instead of a physical copy could be your online identify. I Stewart’s post “Digital Identities-Six Key Selves” she explains how we can change our personalities and conform to other people’s opinions when we’re online. For example, I might post a certain picture with my friends on Instagram and caption it with something so I’ll get more likes. Not necessarily something I want to say, but so everyone else likes it. This does’t just apply to Instagram, but any social media or online domain. We should post what we personally want and what describes ourselves. We have to be careful not to let the idea of social media want us to change who we are, therefore the idea of a digital portfolio is lost since it technically isn’t a representation of who we truly are.