Edtech Overload - Too Much of a Good Thing

#edtech #edchat #elearning Yesterday I spent a few hours reviewing my notes from all of the edtech conferences that I attended this past summer. While going through my notes I kept a list of the ideas that I wanted to try with my students this upcoming 2011-2012 school year. By the time I was done with my review, my list of was over 38 items! How do I incorporate 38 new ideas into my classroom this year?

One of the general problems with today's society is information overload. But how do we cure it? How do we stay up-to-date with our lessons without feeling like we are just chasing our edtech tails?

The reality is that you cannot do everything -- you need to prioritize. So I went back over my edtech idea list and I started to rate each item; one star=cool but I can like without, two stars=I really want to try this, and three stars=I must do this.

After I rated each item, I ended up with only 6 - three star items. My pulse rate started to slow down as I realized that I could deal with 6 new edtech ideas this year.

I then opened up my scope and sequence for all of my classes and started to look for areas where I could incorporate these new ideas. Within just a few minutes I had these items in, and I started to revise my lesson plans.

Now that I was done with the "must haves," I moved on to the edtech ideas that I really like but were not critical - I had 10 of these on my list. By the time I was done with my lesson planning I had 7 of the 10 ideas included. So from 38 I now have only 13 new ideas, a much more manageable list. But it was still a list of 13 ideas that I needed to figure out before school starts again in 10 days. So the next thing I did was to open my Atomic Learning account and start looking for tutorials on these edtech ideas. I found out that most of my new ideas had tutorials -- now I could sleep at night.

Teachers: you can't do it all -- but you can do most of it with a little strategic planning.

Good luck!

- Brad Flickinger, Tech Teacher, Bethke Elementary School