“We will open the book. Its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves. The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day. ”
Edith Lovejoy Pierce
New Year’s Eve is a perfect time for looking back to the past, and more importantly, forward to the coming year.
2009 was a great year for me. I have started my teacher blog, joined Twitter and met a lot of amazing people and had the chance to meet some of these people in real life. The only problem has been keeping the balance right between the virtual life and real life from time to time but I think I am learning it.
2010 is another new beginning and I made a few resolutions to make my new year a more productive one.
I want to experience learning a new language. I’m thinking of learning Spanish in Second Life. I hope to speak some Spanish during my next visit to Spain:-)
I’ll start Wikiing with my students. I’m convinced that Wikis are great tools for collaboration. I have already created a Wiki on PBworks and will start international projects on it very soon. I’m looking forward to this experience.
Check out this great article by Vicki A. Davis about how to use Wikis in your classes.
Learn to use different Web 2.0 tools.
There are some web tools that I have heard but haven’t tried yet. Here are three of them:
Audacity: It is a free audio editing software which can be used for podcasting and editing audio files.
Animoto: Animoto produces music videos using your photos and video clips.
YackPack: YackPack provides a simple audio platform for groups to communicate in a private space on the Internet. You can leave asynchronous voice messages and talk in real time with your group.
Use your Flip.
Thanks to Lindsay Clandfield, I learned that I don’t have to suffer with converting videos anymore if I have a Flip. Check out his blog post called “Six activities with camcorders“. I’m very happy that I’ll have one before the new year starts. (Thanks to Ken Wilson ) Filming the nice moments and sharing the videos on the Internet will be very easy and fun with it. (lol! It sounds like I’m getting paid by Flip.)
Start another “Spread Your Knowledge” series.
I’m proud to have this great series on my blog. I’m sure that all the articles in this series inspired many teachers. Check out the great blog posts by some of the leading people in ELT and please contact me if you want to write a guest piece for the second “Spread Your Knowledge” series.
Leave comments to the fellow bloggers’ blogs more.
Join #Edchat conversations on Twitter.
Participate in forums.
I marked these three resolutions with red because I need more time for making these happen. I will do my best to realize these resolutions:-)
Convince more teachers to use Twitter and integrate technology into their lessons.
I’m glad to see that more and more teachers start using Web 2.0 tools in their classes and for professional development. I’ll do my best to convince more teachers to explore this great world of opportunities.
Well…That’s all from me. Why don’t you sit down with a cup of coffee, a paper and a pen and write down your New Year’s Resolutions for 2010?