Avoiding the Edtech Burn-out

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Recently, a good friend and Edublogs webinar moderator, Phil Hart, shared with me a recent Elluminate presentation I unfortunately missed. Edublogs webinars provide a free online gathering of educators or others interested in transforming the educational arena. Through the Elluminate platform, people are able to chat, talk aloud, share screens, answer polls, and so forth to problem-solve or learn information. If you have limited time for professional development, then I suggest attending these webinars, because you meet many people from various fields who really help you and communicate with you. Plus, these events are quite fun and offer people a convenient way to attend “workshops” and build their Personal Learning Network (PLN).

What are the Solutions?

Although several topics were covered in the recent webinar, I thought two were quite relevant for educators.

  • How do we keep up with all the new technology and avoid burn-out?
  • Which technologies should we recommend?

Several suggestions were offered if you would like to view the archive of the event . You will have to download the Java file. However, I think these are definitely topics to continue to discuss. When we find real solutions to these problems, we will be able to entice more educators and our schools to implement educational technologies!

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Shelly Terrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell (@ShellTerrell) is an award winning digital innovator, an international speaker/consultant, and the author of Hacking Digital Learning with EdTech Missions, The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers, and Learning to Go. She has trained teachers and taught English language learners in over 20 countries as an invited guest expert by organizations, like the US Embassy, UNESCO Bangkok, Cultura Inglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, ISTEK Turkey, and Venezuela TESOL. She has been recognized by several organizations and publications as a leader in the movement of teacher driven professional development as the founder and organizer of various online conferences, Twitter chats, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Two of the projects she co-organized were shortlisted for ELTons, #ELTChat and the Virtual Round Table Language and Technology online conference. She was named Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, and named as one of the 10 Most Influential People in EdTech by Tech & Learning. Her greatest joy is being the mother of baby Savannah and Rosco the pug. Shelly has an Honors BA in English with a Minor in Communication and a specialization in Electronic Media from UTSA, a Masters in Curriculum Instruction ESL from the University of Phoenix, and a CELTA from CELT Athens. She regularly shares her tips for effective technology integration via Twitter (@ShellTerrell), Facebook.com/ShellyTerrell, and on her blog, TeacherRebootCamp.com, which has won several awards and recognitions as one of the top ESL, Edtech and Elearning blogs. Find over 400 of her slide presentations at https://www.slideshare.net/ShellTerrell/presentations


  1. My biggest edtech – avoid the burnout secret would be to learn one thing at one time and once it’s as comfortable as brushing your teeth, move on to the next!

    What’s that old Confucius saying? Journey of a thousand miles…



  2. My tip is what out for when new tools come out. Don’t feel the need to be swept along when others get excited. Let others do all the work and then if over time they stick with using them then consider trying them out.

    Thanks for cross posting on the live events blog!

    • Sue Waters,

      This is a great suggestion! This is one reason I love blogs and wikipages. Everytime I read about a new technology, such as VoiceThread, Glogster, and Twitter, I try to find blogs and wikis that show how other educators already implemented the technology. This way I can plan for possible obstacles and see what worked or did not work.

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