Writing a blog is a huge commitment.
I started this one in 2012. Back then, I was instructing high school freshmen in how to use their laptops in our 1:1 private high school. I was also active in professional development in my building and a presenter at a number of conferences and private consultations.
Finding the time to maintain a blog was difficult. My role as a mother, a teacher, a Student Council moderator, a Yearbook moderator, a presenter, and a graduate student took up about 80% of my time. And while I never went a day without reflecting on my skills in educational technology, adding another “to-do” to my list (as a blogger) proved to be too much.
Now, on the verge of an empty nest, and working in a different role in a different school, I find myself wanting to focus more actively on sharing my experiences as a technology leader and learner. I’ve been seriously thinking about writing a book for about two years now, and I’ve even started it on two occasions. The first was from a humorous angle, because what I’ve been through in my role as a technology educator is laughable. (You seriously can’t make this stuff up.) But the second was serious, and not so entertaining. The evolution of my role as a technology educator has been extreme, and wasn’t always in the right direction.
I started working toward a second Master’s Degree (Digital Learning and Leading) this summer, and when I discovered that an e-portfolio would be a significant part of the graduate program it lit a fire in me. I can’t think of a better way to share my story than with the blog that I started 4+ years ago, when I was in a 1:1 school. I deleted much of what I had posted at the time, but I decided to keep my original post. It’s a reminder of where I’ve been. Everything else will serve as my record of where I am, and where I’m going.
I look forward to sharing my story! And I can’t wait to see where it takes me!