Goal: Set a Google Alert

Part of the Goals 2010 Challenge Series, Goal 6

You’ve created a digital footprint, but how do you keep track of it? My friend, Karenne Sylvester, shared a nice trick in her Kalinago English blog to set a Google Alert for your name and your blog url. For example, I have Google Alerts set for Shelly Terrell, shellterrell (my Twitter name), and http://teacherbootcamp.edublogs.org.

Setting alerts only takes a few minutes to do and you can determine if you want them sent to your email as they happen, daily, or weekly. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to set an alert! You can even set an alert for your favorite subjects. I used to set an alert for education technology, ICT, and elearning. This led me to incredible content that I began subscribing to in my Google reader. Recently, I narrowed down my alerts , because I was inundated with too much in my inbox. One of my long-term goals is keeping track of my digital footprint effectively, but limiting distractions.  After all, time is valuable!

If you are new to the 30 day Goal challenge then you may want to read this post with more details!


Set a Google Alert of yourself!

You may want to subscribe for FREE to receive regular updates!

This is goal 6 of this series! If you’d like to join the challenge, please read this post!

Don’t forget to leave a comment that you accomplished this goal using the hashtag #30Goals!

Did you find anything interesting through your Google Alerts?

Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.


  1. Great advice! If you’re using Gmail you can set a filter so that any notifications don’t necessarily hit your in box, but go directly to All Mail, with a label you’ve set up. Then you can look at them when you have a chance, but they don’t clutter the in box.

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