Friday, November 9, 2018

The State of EdTech in My Mind

I have been absent.  Sure, my Twitter feed has a daily post to the EdTech Early Edition and occasionally a post about some project or resource that I find might be useful.  I've been a little more active on Facebook, but that has become a political cesspool of late.  I miss my Eduwin crew that celebrated educational victories both in the classroom and around the world.  I've tried to restart a podcast, but haven't been able to find the motivation.  I also haven't been presenting at conferences nearly as much as I had in the past.  I was growing concerned I had lost my passion for Educational Technology.  And this, right after attaining my masters degree in the subject.  I had even gone so far as to compose a Jerry Maguire like manifesto, ready to commit professional suicide in the name of finding that missing piece of the puzzle.

So where am I supposed to rekindle that passion that I am known for?  If the social networks are no longer chock-full of the information I once found valuable, I may be looking in the wrong places.  Or maybe it's time that I start creating my own?  With that said I invite you to join the Evolutions in EdTech Facebook group that I have created for like minded individuals to share their discoveries.  I'm also considering hosting a "State of #EdTech" Twitter Chat on a monthly basis.  I've though about producing a VLOG  - but let's face it - no one wants to hear from me sitting at my desk or in my office.

I am also trying to reinvent my current role in a way that allows me to do more on the job research and get more involved with the technology integration process in my District.  This year we have launched the #207Learn Adult Learning Channel on YouTube and the corresponding website 207learn.org that examines how educators are currently using resources paid for within my District and providing follow up training for those interested in learning how they can use these tools to improve their own learning environment.

So, here I am.  Not quite floundering; but, still trying to find my way in a profession that continues to evolve.  Keeping my head barely above water, but still dreaming of ways to stay involved and motivated until the next big thing comes along and our world shift the way we garner professional development once again.  What I do know is that we cannot continue to retreat into our safe silos.

So, I'm curious - how are you staying motivated to engage and evolve as an educator using technology?  Drop me a comment and let me know!


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