Tech, Teaching and Me

Trying to turn off my brain by writing it down

Tech Time Out



Hard to believe, but even I enjoy a “Tech Time Out” occasionally! I know many of you might find this surprising. ūüôā 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!


Happy Wired Wednesday, 

Today’s Wired Wednesday is all about¬†TIME. I use¬† 
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. ūüôā
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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Miracles Are All Around Us

Today’s Tech Tip May 21, 2013

There are small miracles around us everyday. I find it amazing this video is something I can view and share with all of you.

Our prayers to those in Oklahoma who are suffering so much. Our prayers to those teachers who risked their lives for their students. This morning, I heard a teacher say, “I did everything I could to protect my students. I laid on top of them as the walls fell around us.”

The connections and feelings we share through technology is my focus for today’s tech tip.

Let’s remember to appreciate the small things in life and to see the miracles in them.

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