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Just Another Day in the Lifeā€¦

Currently because I’m on maternity leave, my day doesn’t involve my classroom or students, so this blog post is much different than the post I would be writing in September! With that being said, here are the major ways that I use technology throughout the day to stay connected, educate myself, and aid my day to day tasks:

Google Home

I bought a Google Nest Mini when I was looking for something that would play white noise for my baby throughout the evening and during her naps without having to recharge/change batteries. Now, I have three Google Nest Minis throughout the house and I love how everything is connected! I can control multiple lights, my baby monitor, smart vacuum, thermostat and dishwasher all from my phone! This has been such an upgrade in my quality of life. The first thing I do each morning is say “Okay Google, Good Morning” and the Google Nest tells me the temperature and goes through the top new stories for the day. When wanting to know the answers to simple questions, I can ask Google and get the top responses within seconds. The convenience is top notch.

Jorte Calendar and Planbook.

Paper calendars are a thing of the past… am I right? I have had all my appointments and reminders on my phone for as long as I can remember now. When I am teaching I still use this same calendar app, but my main day planner for teaching is Planbook. Though you do have to pay for a yearly subscription, it is my favourite school planner with tons of awesome options.

Podcasts, LibriVox or Audible

When I am not working, I constantly need something in the background of whatever I’m doing to stimulate myself! My main go-to is usually listening to a podcast, but every couple months I listen to an audiobook. LibriVox is completely free and has most of the literature you’d be looking for if you are into the classics. Audible has a paid subscription, but has more contemporary releases.

Spotify and Bandcamp

As do many of you, I use Spotify to satisfy my music needs. I love the curated playlists for finding new music and when playing music for baby as I wouldn’t know where to begin with children’s music otherwise. In the last few years I haven’t been as active in creating or recording music, but I in the past I used Spotify and Bandcamp to promote the album that I released titled, When We Saw Stars (shameless plug).

Facebook/Instagram/Facetime

I use these sites to connect with friends and family living in Regina or living away. Especially with having a baby, I find it even more important to connect with my family who live in various parts of Canada and aren’t able to visit often. I can’t imagine a world where this type of connection wouldn’t be possible… it makes the distance so much more bearable!

URCourses, Discord, Google Docs , WordPress

Of course while being in my master’s courses I have been utilizing the above sites to navigate the assignments, group work and connection with fellow classmates. This is my fourth class of my program. Already I have been introduced to a lot of new online tools. This is my first time using Discord, first time creating a blog and my first time attempting to use Twitter!

The list goes on, but these are the most important ways I use technology in my life. I truly don’t know what I would do if any of these devices/platforms weren’t available. They really enhance quality of life!