When my husband sees me working away in my office, he knows that I am usually busy completing some assignment for one of my classes. While he has a general understanding of the degree I am seeking in educational technology, we don't really talk much about my classes or assignments. This week, he came into the office looking for some files and peered over my shoulder. He immediately started laughing. What could possibly make my husband laugh so much? This week's journal question "How indispensable are mobile computing devices in your life?" His suggestion on how to answer this question, "Obviously, your professor doesn't know you are married to your laptop and iPhone!"

There is no doubt that mobile devices are an "extension" of who I am. Part of the reason for this is the nature of my job, Director of Technology in PK3-12 school. As the main educational support for the teachers in my school regarding curriculum and integration, I get emails, texts, phone calls, all day and all night seven days a week. Another reason for my high levels of mobile connectivity is my hectic family schedule. I have two children who are very involved in sports. Between the two of them, I am on some sort of field at least six days a week. I would never have been able to progress this far in completing my EdD if I did not have the ability to be connected 24/7 from anywhere. I don't know how I ever got anything finished before I added a 'hot spot' to my phone.

Of course, like any double-edged sword, there are unfavorable consequences this connectivity forces me to deal with. For example, last year, I had a teacher email me with a question about how to upload documents to her Moodle course. I read her email while I was at my son's baseball game but did not respond right away. It was Sunday at 3:00 in the afternoon and I had promised myself I was going to enjoy the game, so I decided to wait until I got home to 'diagnose' her problem. Unfortunately, about an hour later, I received a second email. "I know you read my first email, why haven't you responded." What an eye opening experience! It was then I realized how much I was enabling my faculty by responding so quickly to their questions and problems. I tell my students they must 'Ask three before me' and encourage them to problem solve before they can seek help from me in my classroom, but I wasn't using this same strategy with my faculty.

And while I have made this epiphany and do understand that connectivity is not always a good thing, I still struggle in balancing how much technology I use everyday. I'm hoping that when I finally finish my degree, I might be able to rely less on connectivity. In the mean time, I'm going to try and follow some of the items suggested in the online article When Technology Addiction Takes Over Your Life. Step 1. I will not take my cell phone to my daughter's Saturday morning soccer games.

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