Friday, May 12, 2017

Tech Rationing 2017; What's in the Bag?

Last week, Aaron Davis asked, "what are your ed-tech survival rations?" What are those items that would cause you to turn the car around and head home to retrieve? In his post, "My #EdTech Rations", Davis quotes David Hopkins, "what are those essential devices that connect our personal and professional lives?"  - #EdTechRations

The times that I go into "airplane mode" are refreshing but few and far between. In fact, I feel completely naked and uncomfortable without my cell phone and my Fitbit. At the risk of being too honest, I fear public nudity far less than digital disconnectedness. Initially, I thought Davis was playing on my minimalistic sensibilities, then I began to consider my daily packing and preparations. Are my tendencies more "mobile-istic", than minimalistic? It's safe to say that I'm at least 2:1 with mobile devices almost every day.

With the #EdTech conference season in full gear, this interactive image, created with Thinglink, shows my essential "tech rations"; my carry-on bag. I comply with F.A.A. airport regulations, so I never leave my bag unattended. With these items, I feel prepared to present or fully participate in any session. The only items not included in this picture are my Bluetooth speaker, wireless headphones, and of course, my smartphone used to take this picture. Call me crazy, but I need access to music at all times. My most recent playlist digs into Junior Brown, The Derailers, and BR5-49.

Click on the picture for more tech ration detail.

  • Help me scratch my minimalist itch, how many of these items can be replaced by the creative use of a smartphone?

Use the comments section to play along. What devices constitute your essential tech rations?

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