I was trying to come up with a title for this post and as soon as I started thinking about “a day in the life”, this Simple Plan song popped into my head, so I decided to take inspiration from Kelly’s post titles and roll with it!
As a millennial, I grew up surrounded by technology that was always changing and advancing. I was essentially growing up along side technology in a way. I still remember all the old things that were eventually replaced by something else such as dial up internet, giant block cell phones, BlackBerries, T9, Limewire, MSN, Myspace etc. Even today, technology is constantly evolving and becoming more intertwined into our daily lives. I think that the Covid-19 pandemic really heightened the use and practicality of many technology and social media related things.
Technology is something that I definitely us A LOT, especially in my personal life. I wake up every morning and check my phone. I check my texts & emails, do a quick scroll through Facebook and Instagram. I might also pop on Twitter and see what’s happening over there. If I am extra lazy and want to extend my time laying in bed, I might even go down the TikTok rabbit hole.
Throughout the work day, I frequently check my phone (during school breaks!) and spend time at lunch often perusing social media apps, or watching tv on days where I have lunch at home. On a weekend, I will spend a lot of my morning laying in bed watching TikTok before getting up to most likely watch tv. I am a huge tv enthusiast and I love planting my butt on the couch for hours on end. I also very much enjoy baking and have spent a lot of time online watching videos and expanding my skills by learning how to decorate cakes and cookies. I think that my phone screen time pretty much sums up how much I use some of these devices (and this doesn’t even include tv!)
As an educator, I feel that technology is essential in order to complete our jobs. I know there wasn’t always technology available, and that teachers did in fact get by before the internet and online resources/grade books etc, BUT I feel that now a days you will not find many teachers (at least where the internet is widely available) who are teaching technology free. Just thinking about a regular week at school, I use technology in so many different ways!
- I use Planboard’s website to plan my week and lessons/keep track of all my reminders and the craziness that comes with teaching.
- Our school board has recently switched to Edsby, which is the platform we now use for parent communication as well a recording grades, attendance and observations about student communication.
- We also use Clevr to keep track of more intimate student data as well as information on ROAs (records of adaptations) and incident reports for specific students.
- Our school division also uses Atreive to keep track of payroll, supervisions, absences, forms etc.
- There are also numerous educational websites and platforms that I use with my students such as Google Classroom, Quizizz, Goolge Slides, Media Smarts and an infinite number of website for games and learning .
- I also use many other websites frequently to find worksheets, gather information to create content, and reference the curriculum to keep me on track(Hello TPT!). There are also many software systems on our computers to help us stay organized and in contact (Outlook, Antidote etc!).
- I am fortunate enough to have a mounted projector in my room the last few years so we also use that daily to project lessons and videos!
These are just a few examples of how I use technology in my daily professional life. There are so many things that I use on my laptop that it would take forever to name them all! Even the photocopier is technology!
Overall, I think that technology has allowed us to continue to grow, learn, and connect with others in ways that were never possible before! As I mentioned earlier, the Covid-19 pandemic really showed us how important and essential technology can be. For awhile, it was all we had to connect us to others, to be informed, and to even teach our kiddos! I am a big proponent of the use of technology both personally and professionally. I think that it is something that will not be going away and will continue to constantly evolve and become an even bigger part of many people’s lives.