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Making every minute matter: a new year’s resolution

4 Jan

If there’s one thing my new Simpons Tapped Out addiction has taught me, it is that every minute matters. When it’s time to go to bed, you don’t send characters on 45 second tasks; you send them on 8 hour tasks so in the morning you can collect more money and XP. And if you set all your characters on an hour-long task, you better keep track of your internal clock, or unmute your phone so you can hear the notifications. Every minute matters!

Tapped Out: Look at all those thumbs up!

Tapped Out: Look at all those thumbs up!

I know it’s ridiculous, stemming from a mindless videogame, but this mindset has really increased my productivity in the past few weeks. When every minute truly matters, it makes it easier to shake myself out of my usual mode of procrastination.

This is a long winded way of saying, I need to rethink my blog.

“Make edtech happen,” it says up there, but my last post was from December 6, and not from 2013! December 6, 2012! Come on! There hasn’t been much happening here besides crickets and comment spam!

It’s not that I haven’t been doing anything with the blog. Believe me, every time I open my Omnifocus, there’s a neglected series of “blog post” tasks way way down at the bottom of the list. Occasionally they show up in red in my upcoming tasks view, but instead of making every minute matter by completing the task, I just change the due date (it was arbitrarily set to begin with.)

Part of the problem is that my scope for this blog has been unrealistic. I wanted it to be my deeply academic musings, with footnotes, and correctly cited sources. I wanted to focus solely on “edtech trends,” developing a series of well-researched pieces that cover a topic every angle, giving novice readers a complete understanding. It was a lofty goal, but because of it, each blog post I have written has been a huge burden, making me more and more anxious. And when it comes to sharing my thoughts with the world at large, my inherent nature as an introvert is hard enough to deal with.

So I’m done making this blog a big deal.

I’m hoping to write what I’m going to write about and that will be that. I’m not going to even make any more promises about posting. I do want to post more, I’m just not going to make any promises. I hope to show my work, posting about my new genius hour class, or maybe our planning for edcamp MetroDC, or maybe our attempt to implement a mobile makerspace. But I’m not going to make it a big deal. I’m going to remove all of my blogging tasks from Omnifocus, and just stop making it a big deal. A minute spent worrying is a waste of a minute that matters!

Ahh…a weight has been lifted.

Welcome

6 Mar

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As an educational technology specialist, it’s essential to keep up to date with current trends and articles. Each day I have to spend a good deal of time reseaching new technology and best practices of classroom tech integration.

But in my constant information gathering, I’ve become like many of my students, failing to follow through with the most important part of the process, evaluating and assessing my research. It’s one thing to share links with colleagues and save important articles in an ever-expanding “References” folder in my Evernote, but I want to do more with my information.

Goal

With this blog, I hope to provide an outlet for all the information I gather, focusing on ways to effectively implement new edtech sites, resources, and trends into the classroom. Instead of just being another source for new technologies and web resources, I hope to provide synthesis, analysis and effective guides for implementation.

Format

I’m going to start by focusing once a month on a specific edtech trend, devoting posts onto the various aspects of the trend, helpful resources, and most importantly, plans for implementation based on best practices. As the months progress, I may provide updates to previously addressed trends, or scrap the whole format altogether.

About Me

I consider myself a librarian first and a technology specialist second. I’m no luddite, and have the tendency to be drawn to shiny new things when it comes to technology, but I’m adamant that technology should only be used in the classroom to meet specific learning objectives. In my various roles in schools, I try to serve as a conduit between teachers and innovative technologies, seeing where new websites would meet their specific needs.

Characteristically, I’m a lurker, although I hope to change that with this blog by finally contributing to the greater conversation. I also hope to lead by example, not just talking about how great the social web is, but actually engaging with it in a meaningful way.

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