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House of #EdTech shares stories from teachers and creators about education technology, recommends the valuable tools, tips, and resources to integrate technology into your classroom and instruction and explores how technology is changing the way teachers teach along with the impact that technology is having in education.

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May 7, 2017


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Stay Focused and Not Be Overwhelmed by Tech

  • Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind the next time you’re having trouble keeping your thoughts in order: 1 - Work Within Your Brain’s Natural Schedule 2 - Reward Your Mind for Staying Focused 3 - Take Breaks (Real Breaks) 4 - Forget Multitasking 5 - Find Work That Keeps You Genuinely Engaged 6 - Practice Mindfulness 7 - Chew Gum

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Featured Content (12:00)

This episode was inspired by George Couros's blog post, "It Is Time to Move Away from the Idea of “Tech Leads”? Here are the interesting quotes I commented on:

  • For many people that have “technology” in their title, no matter the role, it means to other people “please come fix things in my classroom that use electricity”.
  • "Another concern is that when “technology” is in the title of a position that is not about IT, it almost forces you to find ways to use technology in a classroom setting, whether good or bad. Go to a conference and someone uses Kahoot in a session, and then suddenly you have Kahoot parties popping up all over your school. Is this leading to deeper learning, or simply using technology more in classrooms for the sake of justifying a position?"

Innovative Teaching and Learning Specialist is more the route we should go when it comes to crossing technology and curriculum. An ITL would assist teachers' integration of technology but more importantly, an ITL would work to improve instruction.

Obviously, I would love to be in this type of position and make an impact on students AND teachers.

So if you know someone who needs a guy like me send them my way!

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The Innovators Mindset.

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JULIE DANIEL DAVIS - Julie is from Chattanooga, TN where she is a wife, mom, tech coordinator, Bama fan. Julie is the Co-mod of #TnEdChat, team member of #edcampgigcity 2015 Top 50 k-12 IT Blogger Connect with Julie Daniel Davis:

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