What's in a Name?

please bear with me while I find my little niche in this community…… new name, coming up soon! (Actually, I almost changed the title to something like “in process”… which really does convey much of what I want to say- I’m still learning, growing, and thinking.)

My original intention for this blog was to create an online digital portfolio to record what I’m learning, reading, and doing in my current position as an Elementary Technology Facilitator. My hope was that it would make it easier for a future employer to take a ‘chance’ on hiring me as an Alternative Teacher Candidate within their school.

However, I would much prefer to carry on a discussion with other educators through blog posts, comments, and Twitter. Today, I responded to Kelly Tenkley’s (of iLearn Technology) call for additions to her blogging alliance. And as with all things, this will require change on my part. Not so much in my consumption practices- I’m an avid Twitterer and blog reader, but in my sharing practices- more conversation and reflection on my own blog and through Twitter.

Which brings me to my current dilemma…. what to name this thing! I see names that range from the simple, Bud the Teacher, for example, to the very fun, iLearn Technology, to the more profound, Speed of Creativity.

So, please bear with me while I find my little niche in this community…… new name, coming up soon!  (Actually, I almost changed the title to something like “in process”… which really does convey much of what I want to say- I’m still learning, growing, and thinking.)

Balancing Work Life

I’ve been trying to balance my work life lately. Since my position is 50% Technology Facilitator and 50% Faculty Assistant, the balancing act is even more crucial. I could easily spend 200% of my time on technology projects. Not exactly feasible. Some reflection is required about what I am doing, what I’m not doing, what I’d like to be doing, and what I’d do in a perfect world.

Projects on deck:

  • Overall school website/blog creation
  • Computer lab website/blog update
  • Screencasts for Elem Lab FAQ’s
  • Lesson planning with focus on classroom content integration
  • Desktop wallpaper creation with kid-friendly shortcuts & tips
  • Sharing Discovery Education knowledge with grade level teams
  • Creating “Teaching with Primary Sources” project

All of these things fall into the “Important, but not Urgent” category as presented by Steven Covey.  I like to spend as much time as possible in that quadrant, rather than fighting fires in Quadrant I.  However, I am finding that Quadrant II activities are even more of a time drain than some of the others!  All in due time, I guess.