Friday, January 8, 2016

EdTech Habits for 2016

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a fantastic 2015 and are looking forward to an even better 2016. Here are 3 educational technology habits (not resolutions) I'm considering in the coming year and hope you will too.

  1. Unplug at Times 
    How many times do you see people at restaurants, waiting rooms, and living rooms just staring at their devices? These devices certainly provide us opportunities to be more productive and serve as entertainment as well but what is the trade-off? Could we be missing a fantastic opportunity to connect with our loved ones or making a new friend? Let's make the most of the time we have face-to-face with friends and family.
  2. Take a Risk
    How much longer are you going to put off learning how to do xyz technology? It could be the very thing that revolutionizes the way you complete tasks or engage with students.  At times it seems just easier to have someone else do the "techy" stuff for you, but isn't that the very thing we as educators are trying to do?  Aren't we trying to teach our students to take some initiative and be critical thinkers and problem solvers?
  3. Hand Over Control
    Admit it. Most of our students know more about the latest technology than we do. Be flexible and willing to let students learn with technology. Don't avoid those potentially awesome lessons just because you aren't an expert in the technology it may require.  Allow students to show their learning with technology even when it's technology we may struggle to understand ourselves.  Who knows, they may teach us a thing or two that we can use in the future.