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 is a teacher trainer, instructional designer, adjunct professor, and the author of The 30 Goals Challenge for Teachers: Small Steps to Transform Your Teaching and Learning to Go: Lesson Ideas for Teaching with Mobile Devices, Cell Phones and BYOT. She has been recognized by the ELTon Awards, The New York Times, the Ministry of Education in Spain, and Microsoft’s Heroes for Education as an innovator in the movement of teacher-driven professional development and education technology. Recently, she was named Woman of the Year 2014 by Star Jone’s National Association of Professional Women and awarded a Bammy Award as a founder of #Edchat, the Twitter chat that spurred over 400 teacher chats. She has trained teachers and taught learners in over 25 countries and has consulted with organizations worldwide such as UNESCO Bangkok, The European Union aPLaNet Project, Cultura Iglesa of Brazil, the British Council in Tel Aviv, IATEFL Slovenia, HUPE Croatia, and VenTESOL. She shares regularly via TeacherRebootCamp.com, Twitter (@ShellTerrell), and Facebook.com/shellyterrell. Her greatest joy is being the mother of Rosco the pug.


  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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