- NOT ALL GREAT TOOLS ARE NECESSARY- I have to remember that just because a tool exists does not mean I have to jump on board with it because it is the latest thing.
- USE YOUR OWN PERSONAL LEARNING NETWORK- Use Twitter, FB, Instagram, and other social media tools to learn and promote ideas.
- CREATE A DIGITAL LEARNING HUB- My website is my calling card, but it should also be useful to others. If your site is not content-rich, maybe you need to reorganize. I did just that by moving from my Wikispace to Weebly. Clean slate!
- CREATE, CURATE, AND KEEP UP YOUR DIGITAL PERSONA- Google yourself. Be aware of any unflattering pictures, badly written papers, unprofessional comments. Better yet-- don't make them and publish them.
- UTILIZE SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMIZATION- Use keywords and check out Google Analytics to see how searches find you and your content.
- CONTROL AND MARKET YOUR DIGITAL BRAND- Toot your own horn, retweet, and praise your students. Bring attention to those who are doing great work and ask them to visit your blog or comment on your tweet. Before you know it you will have a flock of followers who bookmark you and your site.
How do these things pertain to you as a teacher? Is it important? Why or why not?