By Patricia Montague 2013-12-30 15:45:55
Have a Very Techie New Year! When planning this column, I was torn between reflecting on technology, the focus of this month’s main features, or on New Year’s resolutions. After all it is January, and so many of us use the occasion of another new year to set fresh goals. Given the importance of technology in all aspects of life today, I decided to combine the two approaches. I have always considered myself fairly tech savvy. I’ve taught myself how to use all of the Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint); do all of my personal financial management (banking, bill paying and tax filing) online; use Ever note (a cloud-based note-taking application) and Dropbox (a cloud-based file storage application); and set up the wireless network in my home before most of my colleagues and friends did the same. Not too shabby, huh? But technology changes have been speeding up in recent years. Plus, I’ve had to focus on new demands at work, while raising two teenage boys. I haven’t been able devote as much time as I’d like to keeping up with new technology. I have Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter accounts, but I rarely post anything or even sign in. Blog reading, online video viewing, photo editing and other tech opportunities aren’t high priorities for my free time. I always say that I will get around to it—eventually—but I never do. But if the trendwatchers are right, technology is only going to become more important and more integral in how we work, communicate, manage our homes and families, access entertainment and so on. Deep down, I know that staying on top of changes must become a bigger priority in my life. Thus, here are my 2014 technology-centric New Year’s resolutions: ■ Spend more time learning about and using various social media outlets—including posting and tweeting from time to time. ■ Read blogs related to school nutrition programs to keep abreast about what people are saying about school meals—the good and the bad. ■ Start using Windows 8 on my new home computer and be one of the early adopters to test it at work. ■ Surf other association websites more often to see how they incorporate new technology to engage members and provide new programs and services. I realize this is a pretty ambitious list! But I must make the effort; it’s critical in my job, and in my life, to not fall behind on the technology curve. I think the same is true for you, too, whether you work in an individual school, central kitchen or district office. What are your New Year’s Resolutions related to technology? I’d love to hear more—reach out to me (via technology) at firstname.lastname@example.org or on SNA’s Facebookpage. Good luck to all of us! Patricia Montague, CAE Chief Executive Officer
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