The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is check the Score application on my phone to catch up on who won the west coast Major League Baseball games. When I was younger, I was able to stay up past 8:30 every night to see who won, but that all changed when I became a father. Following this, I check the weather, do a quick scroll through of Twitter, and check my banking before I get my day started. I usually arrive to school an hour prior to the bell ringing, and during that time I am on my computer checking emails, communicating with parents on Edsby, posting assignments, or planning my day.
I am trying to limit the amount of paper my class uses on a daily basis, and do as much as we can electronically because we are progressing towards a paperless world. As I was typing this, I thought of Michael Scott from The Office when he was developing an advertisement for Dunder Mifflin. “It all starts with an idea. But you can never tell where an idea will end up. Because ideas spread. They change, grow. They connect us with the world. And in a fast moving world, where good news moves at the speed of time and bad news isn’t always what it seems. Because when push comes to shove, we all deserve a second chance to score. Dunder Mifflin. Limitless paper in a paperless world.”
Once I am home from work, I use my cell phone to listen to music as I cook and clean after supper. After I put my daughter to sleep, I am watching her on the Google Nest since we use it as a baby monitor. During this time, I am checking emails, and likely watching or following a baseball game on my tablet. I always knew using technology was a big part of my life, but I did not realize how reliant I am on it until I was reflecting on it while writing this blog.
As for using social media, I had Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, etc. However, I realized how much of my day was being consumed by it. I deleted all of my social media accounts except Twitter. I use it as a virtual newspaper, but I never Tweet. However, that is bound to change after enrolling in this course.
Until next time…