As most of you know, I am a K-8 technology teacher, but I have a serious interest in writing. It started with non-fiction technical writing and morphed to novels. I write techno-thrillers, scientific fiction–plots that are based in the cerebral and encourage readers to join my love of intelligent topics. Therefore, my resolutions are far-ranging and varied, so I group them. Here’s how I did last year:
- Seek out other tech ed teachers to see what is being done to incorporate technology into the classroom. Tech ed is a chameleon, constantly in flux, changing to suit educational environs. It’s a challenge to stay on top of it and one that requires attention every week of every year.
- Keep pushing my students and colleagues to integrate technology into core subjects and add the exciting Web 2.0 tools to their curriculum. Yes–it’s difficult because it’s not the way they’ve done it before, and yes–it’s worth it.
- Attend ‘a few’ tech ed conferences. Here’s my summary from ISTE 2011.
I still need to find new ezines and blogs for tech ed. I am active on several social networks for tech teachers, write column for several ezines. I’d like to do more.
- Put more thought into my teaching wikis for grades K-5. I’ll schedule that for this summer, when I’m not so rushed.
I got a few ebooks out there last year on tech ed. So far, they’ve broken even. I’m going to commit to at least two more, themed and aimed at specific grade levels
- Reach out to organizations that will provide discounted or free copies of my curriculum to needy schools. I tried to do this through Teachers Without Borders with no luck. I decided they weren’t set up for what I had to offer. There must be someone…
Reach out to more educators through my blogs. Determine what resources they would like and if I can offer them I will continue to seek more opportunities to interact with tech teachers via forums, blogs, webinars–whatever works.
- Continue publishing 3-4 posts a week on my blogs, Ask a Tech Teacher and Ask a Tech Teacher Homeschool Edition. These are my passion, so they’re fun to write. Readership grows every year so I know I’m reaching the right people.
- Write more ‘pillar posts’. These are fundamental articles about blogging, usually on the long side but as pithy as the primest beef you’d ever eat
- Continue with my columns for Innovate My School and Examiner. Find more opportunities to interact with tech teacher groups in this manner.
- Continue reaching out to qualified tech ed teachers to write guest blogs for me. The few I found in 2011 were well received and added a dimension to my blog I couldn’t have accomplished on my own.
I continue to receive many invitations to write product reviews, book reviews. I’d like to leverage this into helping needy school districts with materials they can’t afford on their own. Do a better job publicizing this part of my blog.
That’s enough. What are yours? I’d like to learn from you.
Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years. She is the editor of a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-6 Digital Citizenship curriculum, and creator of technology training books for how to integrate technology in education. She is the author of Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy. She is webmaster for six blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, Editorial Review Board member for Journal for Computing Teachers, Cisco guest blogger, a columnist for Examiner.com, Technology in Education featured blogger, IMS tech expert, and a monthly contributor to TeachHUB. Currently, she’s editing a techno-thriller that should be out to publishers next summer. Contact Jacqui at her writing office or her tech lab, Ask a Tech Teacher.