This week, I’ll post updated suggestions to get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of projects you’ll swear to accomplish in New Year resolutions. Here’s what you’ll get (links won’t be active until the post goes live):
- 8+ Ways to Speed Up Your Computer — December 13th
- 9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence — December 14th
- Backup and Image your computer — December 15th
Regular readers of Ask a Tech Teacher know these are updated each December. New readers: Consider these body armor in the tech battle so you can jubilantly overcome rather than dramatically succumb.
9 Ways to Update Your Online Presence
For most teachers I know, life zooms by, filled with students, parents, meetings, grading, and thinking. There are few breaks to update/fix/maintain the tech tools that allow us to pursue our trade.
That includes your online presence and all those personal profiles. But, that must happen or they no longer accomplish what we need. If they aren’t updated, we are left wondering why our blog isn’t getting visitors, why our social media Tweeple don’t generate activity, and why we aren’t being contacted for networking. Here’s a short list of items that won’t take long to accomplish:
- Update your online profile–on your blog, your gravatar, FB, Twitter, professional groups, your PLN. Have you changed your focus? Switched jobs? Adding new publications or items efriends would like to know about? Is your contact information current? This, btw, should be done once a quarter, but at least at the new year.
- Clean up your FB stream–delete pictures and comments you no longer find as funny as when you first posted them or make them private. If you have active social media, employers will check it out. Make sure it represents you.
- Update old posts–start with the most-visited articles (under Site Stats) and work your way down (in case you run out of time). Consider freshening them with new images or banners.
- Check individual post tags and categories–reorganize options so they authentically group your writing.
- Check the sidebar–for out-of-date and no-longer-relevant widgets and links. Include new pieces that add utility. Move pieces around to give a fresh look. Current thinking is ‘less is more’. Consider putting awards, PLN groups, memberships on separate pages noted in the menu bar.
- Check your ‘pages‘–are they still relevant? Could some be nested under other pages to save room and/or make them easier to find? While you’re at it, be sure less-visited pages are up to date.
- Check the appearance of your blog on a smartphone and iPad. Does it display properly? If not, consider switching to a responsive theme that auto-adjusts for a variety of digital devices.
- Unsubscribe from lists you no longer have an interest in. This also frees up your time!
- Update the stores where you sell books if you’re a teacher-author. This includes your Amazon Author page, Teachers Pay Teachers, BarnesandNoble.com, Google Play, and any others–prices, descriptions, categories, freebies. I need to do this more often.
Do you have any maintenance issues to suggest for the new year? I’d love to hear them.
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.