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 (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  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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