If you read my blog in the past and you stuck around all these months during my radio silence, I thank you. If you’re new, welcome!
As you can probably guess, the pandemic was a big factor in my absence. Here in Texas, it went from being “hey this might be a problem” to “we are staying home an extra week after Spring Break” to “no more in-person school” in a two-week span. Since I’m an EdTech, my team of 11 was in charge of getting every teacher in our district trained and prepared for some sort of online teaching in an extremely short time. It was chaos and, quite frankly, exhausting.
On top of that, I had just found out I was expecting. While great news, my body’s reaction to pregnancy for the first 3-ish months was to feel as nauseated as possible and try to reject the food I put into it.
Finally, and most importantly, I just didn’t know what I could possibly contribute to your lives that would be helpful. Sure, I could throw out some knowledge on random tech tools, but that’s not what anyone needed at the moment. Everyone went into survival mode and that was how it stayed until the school year ended.
It’s been entirely too long since I’ve posted anything. I took a break over the holidays to enjoy time with my family, and then got a string of illnesses. It’s been three weeks, and I’m on the tail-end of the flu. My whole family got the shot, but we all got Type A anyway. I don’t remember the last time I felt this sick.
I just woke up from a nap, my husband and daughter are napping, and I’m able to sit upright, so I wanted to let you know that I’m still around. Thanks for being patient.
Lately, it seems like “what if” has become the dominant force in my internal dialogue. It controls everything, because it’s fear. Worst of all, it’s fear presented through “logic,” which makes me think I need to believe it.
As an Edtech, it’s my job to work with educators to help them learn to integrate technology into their classrooms and curriculum.
More often than I’d like, one of the first things a teacher or administrator will tell me when they meet me is “I’m bad at technology” or “I’m tech illiterate” or “I don’t do computers.” There’s a genuine fear of using technology, and I suspect also that they’ll be embarrassed by what they don’t know and that I’ll end up judging them.
It’s finally here! EdTech in Ten started as a simple, 10-minute podcast for teachers, with the goal of making technology accessible to any user at any skill level. Now, I’ve added this companion website so that I can elaborate more fully on some subjects, include videos and visuals, and even cover topics not discussed on the podcast. I’m excited to see where it takes us.
The podcast feed is in the sidebar, so feel free to check it out if this is your first time here. You can also listen on your favorite podcast platforms, including Apple, Anchor, Google, and Spotify.