Technology has always been a love of mine. Last year I began to really allow technology to infiltrate my life both personally and professionally. I joined many social networks, twitter, facebook, and started this blog. I began scouring the internet for the most valuable technology websites and resources for the classroom. All of this computer time had some unintended consequences.
I began spending more time on the computer than with my kids. I am a mom to three kids (2, 6, and 9). One of my kids has some significant emotional and behavioral concerns. His needs increased by a lot this fall, and I I needed to refocus my priorities. I stopped using the computer at home except to occasionally check email. I neglected this blog, and most other social network outlets.
As I sat down to write some new year’s resolutions over the past few weeks, I realized that I need to continue with my “online life.” I had taken more or less two months off and needed to get back into it. In my position as a technology resource teacher, I need to stay on top of the latest tools and resources. Twitter, my RSS feeds, facebook, and several message boards are the main source of professional development that I get. If I completely neglect them as I have lately, I am not growing.
I need to find a balance. I have not found that yet, and probably won’t for a while. My blog and twitter posts will be sporadic, but not as sporadic as they have been lately. I am going to be more diligent in posting about resources I am finding. Einstein once said “Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” While I have been at a standstill for a while now, I intend to keep moving and in doing so, find and maintain a balance.