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Technology New Year’s Resolutions

Posted on January 13, 2010. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Fran Mauney

1.  Exercise More:  Have you tried the Wii Fit or Wii Fit Plus?  It’s an amazing (and fun) tool that measures your BMI, creates a Mii, and tracks your weight and progress as you exercise. There are tons of games that and activities for Yoga, Strength Training, Aerobics, Balance, and Fit Plus games. Brain research supports movement to enhance learning.  Challenge your right and left sides of your brain by performing exercises from the book “Brain Gym” by Paul Dennison with your students. Visit his website: www.braingym.com. Try the Lazy Eights or Cross Crawl to see if your students can cross the midlines of their bodies.  This will help you see if the right and left sides of the brain have strong bridges built to transfer information easily to each other.

2.  Eat Healthier:  Visit websites that provide recipes that are good for you.  Join the free community healthy living program called Activate Upstate. Activate Upstate’s Kickoff Rally 2010 is Jan. 19, 4:30-7 p.m. Carolina First Center, Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville.
For more information visit www.activategreenville.org or call: 864-242-1111.  You will receive free recipes and healthy eating tips each week via email when you sign up.

3. Relax and Read:  Have you heard of the Kindle by Amazon?  Watch the video on this website and you will be amazed. This is the wave of the future.  No more buying books that sit on your shelf and collect dust.  Your books are automatically downloaded onto your Kindle wireless reading device after you shop at the Kindle store.  Wherever you are – at home, in the car, on the beach, you can access the Kindle store and buy books for much cheaper than you would at a book store. Most books run around $6-$10.  When you buy a book, it is auto-delivered wirelessly in less than one minute. There are more than 400,000 books, newspapers, magazines, and blogs available and they have free book samples.  Also, you can download and read the first chapters of a book for free to see if you would like to purchase it.

4. De-Clutter:  Would you like to get rid of the piles of books that you’ve collected over the years?  You can donate your books to the local library, shelters, churches, or sell them back at used book stores.  Or you could sell them online using Amazon.com or Half.com.  My son spent $700 last semester buying his college textbooks at the campus book store.  This year he used Amazon. com and Half.com and his books were only $200.  This inspired me to sell some of our books and I sold 3 in one day.  (After paying to have the books mailed, going to the post office and buying the padded envelopes, I only made $5.00!) but they are off my shelf and I’m a little richer!

5.  Make learning fun and exciting and enjoy the opportunities you have to shape the lives of your students! Add a little more technology to your lesson plans this year. Engage your students by using more interactive websites that foster learning in your classrooms. I put together a list of websites for you to use with your students this semester and I hope you will find it beneficial.   Here is the link to the websites for teachers:  Websites for Teachers  Make sure you open the Wonderful Winning Website document and click on the links.

6. Share your ideas: Remember to register to attend the Upstate Technology Conference this year on June 22 and 23 at Wade Hampton High School. Click here to share your ideas as a presenter.  We’d love to hear all the great things you are doing in your classrooms! If you’d like to be a participant click here.

Happy 2010, I hope it is a Technologically Fun Year!

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