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Screen Time Tracker

In the new update for Apple devices (phones, tablets, etc), you can choose to track your screen time usage.

I did, and I just got my first 1-week summary. Holy Crap.

On my iPad, I averaged over 2 hours a DAY! On my phone: about 40 minutes a day!

What the heck am I doing all that time? Yes, some of it is watching Netflix and YouTube podcasts while I’m knitting in the evenings, but I spend way more time than I thought on social media, especially Instagram. It’s a bit frightening.

I know I am addicted. If I’m ever caught waiting in line, I get that urge to pull out my phone and check it. If I’m in that same situation without my phone, I definitely feel antsy. And if I go to work without my phone, I feel a bit lost!

I was unsure about letting the device track my usage so specifically, but I think it’s a worthwhile thing to do. I see the apps and sites I’m spending a lot of my time on and when I’m using my devices the most.

You can set limits on app use, but I want to see if even just being aware of my usage will help reduce it.

Unfortunately, we can’t use it on our kids’ iPads, because they’re too old for this update.

How do you feel about screen time tracking?

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Social Media Management

I need some advice about how to manage my social media accounts as I continue down the path to becoming a high school teacher.

Right now, the only social media account I’ve used in my teaching is my Twitter account. Nothing formal, but I have used it to connect with the schools I’ve worked with, and students have followed me.

I have started a new blog on Edublogs to write about my teaching experiences (I will share this in the near future, I promise!).

I have a second 6-week practicum coming up in March/April, and I want to use social media more in the classroom, but I’m wondering just how I should manage it.

Facebook is completely off the table for teaching purposes right now. I only use it for personal reasons now, and don’t think it’s a good idea to change that.

I want to have my two separate blogs, since it’s a natural split to have my more personal posts here, and teaching-related posts on the other one. I will probably link from this blog to the Edublog, but probably not the other way around (mostly because, even though I don’t think I’ve posted anything all that controversial, ¬†somethings in my archives I’d rather not share with students/parents/other teachers).

I might also make a separate website that is specifically for students & parents with assignments, resources, calendars, etc.

One thing I’m not sure about is Twitter. I have one account right now that’s now called “MsAGilbert” (which I changed so I could use it as a teacher). That happens to be the name of my Edublog. I have been using it for both personal and professional use. So, I’m trying to decide between the following options:

1. Keep having just one Twitter account linking to it from both (all) blogs/websites.

2. Keep the one Twitter account and only linking to it from one blog and not have Twitter at all for the other.

3. Creating a Twitter account to be associated with each blog.

I lean toward #3 because I do post controversial/opinionated (to some) things on Twitter that might not good in the teaching world, and I would like to have a teaching account that I can use both in and out of the classroom. BUT, my problem is my current Twitter account is very connect to my personal blog (this one) and most of my followers associate the two. That causes a problem because I’d rather use MsAGilbert for my teaching account – which means having to come up with a new name for another Twitter feed, which could be really confusing.

What do you think, readers? Do you have more than one Twitter account? How do you manage your social media? Any Twitter handle suggestions?

Curating Notes

I spent last week curating the @PeopleOfLdnOnt twitter account, and I pulled away from other social media so I could focus on the task.

The process of curating an account was really busy but rewarding. I got to “meet” people I normally wouldn’t have, and I got to learn a lot about our city and the people in it! If you get the chance to do something like that, try it out!

I learned that I enjoy twitter much more than Facebook. I find it’s a much better way to connect with different communities – scientists, writers, locals, etc.. I also find the info posted to be more useful and definitely more interesting, and I find it much easier to keep up with current events. As I switch career paths into education, I’ll need to seek out that community on Twitter now too.

Facebook used to be a great place to keep up with friends, old and new, but I’ve been finding it tedious lately. People are using it more and more as a political/sounding board/annoying quote archive rather than sharing personal updates, and the latter is how I prefer to use FB. My activity there has decreased substantially over the past while, with some “likes”, and a comment here and there, and maybe a post a two a week.¬†

I also backed away from writing/reading blog posts, and I gotta say it was a nice break. I think it shows me that I follow way too many blogs for me to keep up with, so I need to decide what to do there (just follow some on twitter? cut some from Feedly? Only choose a set number per day to comment on?) — any ideas?¬†
I still like writing blog posts though, but not sure what I want to aim for in terms of frequency. I’ll probably just do what I’ve always done – write and post when something strikes me, and there will be busy times and more quiet times. Regardless, I will post all of them to my Twitter account, so follow me there too.

How do you use each social media tool differently? Do you take breaks to re-evaluate, or just to “get away”?

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