Top Ten of 2010

by Jean Tower

I decided to take some time during the winter school break to review my 2010 blog posts, reflect, and plan for 2011. On my list:

  • commit to 2 posts per week (more when time and ideas are abundant)
  • stick to my primary themes of leadership for technology in education, professional development and sharing good resources
  • every month, invite a guest blogger
  • upgrade to latest version of WordPress
  • reorganize my sidebars (the 2 columns on the right)

I had fun reviewing posts from 2010, and I decided to make my own list of favorites – my own “top ten of 2010.” Here they are:

Is Technology Considered a Critical Element in your School District?

  • explores the issue of budget cuts and defending the technology budget

Hiring a Director of Technology ~ Interview Questions

  • suggests interview questions and what to look for in responses read the comments for more suggestions

Free Images

  • provides links to many resources online for free images

Advice for the Newly Hired Instructional Technology Specialist

  • itemizes some key strategies for providing support and positioning for moving school forward

Teachers, Rate Your Technology Competency

  • fun link to an Edutopia quiz, nice catalyst for some reflection

Supporting Web 2.0

  • advocates strategy for managing and supporting web 2.0 in a school or district

Looking Forward

  • steering the boat by looking ahead, not behind

Recipe or Approach

  • endorses a more metacognitive approach to new technologies ~ learn to learn rather than memorize a set of steps

Bad Wizard

  • defends much-maligned Network Administrators

Instapaper & Kindle

  • celebrates the Kindle I got last year and the ease of notetaking on it

I am looking forward to 2011, and wish you all a Happy New Year.


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