Sunday, November 16, 2014

Technology in a Small Iowa School

It's 5:30 PM on a Sunday afternoon, and I've been searching the Internet for resources, updated several SMART board lessons, and tried to implement several Google projects for several of my classes.  And to be honest, I feel like I've accomplished a lot, and yet feel I haven't completed a thing.  There are so many resources out there, and I feel like I haven't the time, knowledge, or opportunity to harvest them.

I feel like I'm constantly skipping rocks - just skimming this big technical pond of resources.  How do I use all those great lesson plan ideas?  I just don't have the time to research all that is out there.  When given the time, I sit on Twitter and read posts, retweet to read later, and then realize I will never get back to those "tweets".  I have Learnist boards, but once things are posted, I don't have time to return and/or use.  I use Pinterest for more than my craft obsessions, but recently discovered I had several things posted for a federalism lesson I just finished teaching my seniors.  If I only would have remembered they were there, I would have added a few extra technical elements to that lesson(s).

So does anyone have any suggestions?  How do you sift through the myriad of technical resources?  And then how do you remember to implement the good ones?  Where does the time come from?

I'm just trying to teach, laugh, and survive!