Skip to main content

Resolutions for 2010 (by Jen Wagner)

With 2010 quickly approaching….thoughts of New Year Resolutions begin to formulate in our minds. Even if you are NOT a resolution maker (or breaker), a new year does offer new opportunities, possible new directions, and changes.

So – here is my list of possible resolution ideas for you……and a glimpse into what mine will be for 2010 as well.

1. Blog Yourself
~Read and make use of the ideas in 30 Days To Being A Better Blogger (http://30d2bbb.pbworks.com/)
~Read “Can Blogging Make You Happier”
(http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2009/02/16/can-blogging-make-you-happier/)
~And
“Blogging is a Marathon and Not A Sprint”
(http://weblogbetter.com/2009/12/16/blogging-is-a-marathon-not-a-sprint/)

~Clean up the clutter on your blog.
~Double check your comments (do you need to moderate? sometimes yes)
~Find a new theme (http://wordpress.org/extend/themes/) and add some plugins (http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/)

~Start a blog
https://www.blogger.com/start
http://wordpress.org/
http://edublogs.org/
http://www.classblogmeister.com/

~When commenting, read twice (preferably out loud) before you hit submit.

2. Differentiate Yourself

~Find a new way to do something you do the same old way.
~Listen to yourself present – join toastmasters and get feedback – plan ahead for future conversations.
~Join a new ning, invite other people to your twitter conversation who don’t share your views, participate in an educational conference that is not all about tech.
~Read a new author, listen to a new voice, do something uncomfortable

3. Extend Yourself
~Start sharing your resources -- http://www.slideshare.net/, http://www.scribd.com/, http://wetheteachers.com/index.php, http://delicious.com/
~Start sharing other people’s resources (and give credit where credit is due)
~Create a flickr account and start uploading pictures. Tag your pictures with #ETPHOTOGALLERY and let’s grow an online database of pictures for our students.

4. Guard Yourself
~Read about Creative Commons (http://creativecommons.org/)
and
~Copyright Confusion (http://khokanson.blogspot.com/2008/04/copyright-confusion.html)

5. Educate Yourself
~Participate in the K12 Online Conference (http://k12onlineconference.org/)
~Watch a TED Video (http://www.ted.com/)
~Check out the streamed keynotes from conferences (http://hitchhikr.com/wordpress/index.php? can help you find links through blog posts)
~Link to http://www.reference.com/wordoftheday, and http://www.brainyquote.com/link/, and http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/iotd.html, and http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do
~Finish your degree (smiles, yes, big plan for Jen in 2010)

6. Be Yourself
~Know your strengths……be aware of your weaknesses.
~Be you and not who you think people want you to be.
~Stand Strong for what you know is right, Step Aside when you might need to learn something, and Back Up and Review when you made a mistake.
~Remember that your opinion always matters!!

7. Share Yourself

~Please take the time to share your 2010 Resolution in the comment area.

Happy New Year!!
Jen

~~~this post can also be read at http://jenuinetech.com/blog/?p=1281