Hi! I’m Laura Carr. I became an EdTech because I wanted every teacher to feel comfortable when it comes to trying technology in their classroom. Even if technology intimidates you, the fact that you’re willing to try is a huge step, because technology really isn’t that scary once you give it a chance.
Why Start a Blog?
Even though I get to share my passion with the teachers in Mansfield ISD, I wanted to have a chance to reach a broader audience. After doing a podcasting project with a group of 6th graders, I decided to practice what I preach and started my own podcast, EdTech in Ten. The episodes are all about innovative teaching ideas and how to integrate technology into the classroom. I keep them at about 10 minutes long (maybe a smidge longer for interviews), because teachers are busy and don’t have time for much else.
I love doing the podcast, and have listeners in at least 10 different countries! It occurred to me that it would be helpful to have a companion blog, so I got started on creating EdTechinTen.com. My husband is a software engineer, so he was able to help me with technical things I didn’t understand. Thanks, Steven!
I was a classroom teacher for 6 years before I became an EdTech, so I know what it’s like to be in the trenches and deal with everything that comes along with teaching. I try to take that into account with everything I do, because I want this content to be something that’s actually useful (unlike some of the PD you’ve been forced to attend).
I graduated from UT Arlington in 2010 with my BS in Education. In August of 2019, I earned my MS in Learning Technology from The University of North Texas. In addition to being a Mansfield ISD Education Foundation grant recipient, I am a Microsoft Innovative Educator and Educator Community Influencer, an Apple Teacher, and Google Level 1 certified.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m married to an amazing husband. We love all things Sci Fi and are big fans of Doctor Who. We practice our photography in our spare time, but there isn’t much now that we have a 2-year-old and a newborn.