Tech, Teaching and Me

Trying to turn off my brain by writing it down

Tech Time Out

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Hard to believe, but even I enjoy a “Tech Time Out” occasionally! I know many of you might find this surprising. 🙂 Checking and scrolling through my phone is addictive though and sometimes we need a little extra help with our self control and willpower. Or, at least I do!

This first item I learned from my daughter who uses this app all of the time when studying. It’s called the SelfControl App and it blocks social media sites (and any other site you want)  from opening for the amount of time you schedule it. Even if you shut down your computer/phone and restart it, the time stays set on that device. For more helpful sites for better focus, check out this post “10 Online Tools for Better Attention & Focus.”

The next item seems silly but I can see the benefit! It’s the “Offline Glass.” According to the website, the Offline Glass is “a  creation of the advertising agency Fischer & Friends, the glass that only stands supported by the mobile phone and rescues people from the online world and brings them back to the chat.” The glass has a notch taken out of the base and will only stand upright when a cellphone is placed underneath of it.

I hope you enjoy your Christmas break. I am looking to a little unplugged time!

As always, if you have a question, just ask!

 

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Boomerang It!

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Happy Wired Wednesday, 

 
Today’s Wired Wednesday is all about TIME. I use 
 
http://www.boomeranggmail.com/ 
 
and find that it saves me a lot of time. 
 
In fact, I use Boomerang to schedule these Wired Wednesday tips 
to be emailed on Wednesdays. Many of these tips are really “Slow Sundays” in disguise. 🙂
 
Boomerang for Gmail let’s you:
 
-write an email and schedule it to be sent at a later date or time
 
-allows you to open an email and then schedule it come back to your inbox at a later time (a reminder closer to the date/event, etc..)
 
-remind you if you don’t hear back about a certain email/event – can schedule it to “boomerang” back to you if you do not get a response 
** Boomerang for Gmail is only a Chrome App so you will not be able to use it with your Gmail unless you are in the Chrome Browser.**
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What Does Connected Education Mean to You?

 

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I have been reading the blogposts of my friend, Bonnie Birdsall, over the last few weeks and admire her commitment to regular blogging. It has inspired me to dust off my own blog, combine a few of the accounts I had floating in cyberspace, and give it a try too. I am a week or so behind the October’s Connected Educator Thoughtful Thursday Challenge inspired by TeachThought, but that’s okay. I will start with their first challenge of the month: “What does connected education mean to you?

As I consider the prompt, many thoughts flood my mind. First, I don’t know if I have ever really thought about connected EDUCATION, though I regularly discuss connected EDUCATORS. It may seem to be a small change with a difference of only a few letters, but it does create a significant difference in my thoughts. Upon reflection, I began to think about connected education regarding educators, students, classrooms, and me. Honestly, all of those topics overwhelmed me a bit. In an effort to ease my return to a regular blogging routine, I decided it was best to just focus on one of those ideas. I reigned in my thoughts (which can be a very difficult thing for me to do, sometimes) and narrowed it down to one: connected education and me.

Plain and simple, connected education for me is a lot of hard work. Pernille Ripp explained it better than I ever could in her post, “The Downside to Being a Connected Educator.” Connecting through Twitter, Twitter Chats, Google+, Voxer,  blogs, connecting at conferences & workshops takes time and energy…. a lot of time and energy. It is not always easy for me to do. But it is important to me and that is why I do it. It is the same reason I make sacrifices to exercise regularly. I find value in the effort. I connect because from those connections I learn and I grow as an educator and as a person. I connect because I believe it brings more authentic learning experiences to students. There are unexpected benefits I have discovered, too. Often, I start to read an article believing it will assist me with a professional objective, but in the end I realize I also learned something that relates to my family or my health.

So, what does connected education mean to me? It means putting in the time, the hard work, and the effort and in return I receive an education that spreads through my life in surprising ways.

 

* Image created by me with WordSwag.

 

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