Do not disturb: how to keep well when teaching with technology

By James Robinson. Posted

For many educators around the world, the past year has seen a seismic shift to delivering lessons remotely. The boundaries between our home lives and work lives may have become a little blurry, especially with digital devices being such a prominent part of our daily lives. This week, James and Carrie Anne discuss digital well-being and explore how we can keep well when teaching with technology.

Guests

To help guide us with practical advice, we are joined by:

  • Neil Rickus, senior lecturer in computing education at the University of Hertfordshire. He is a Computing at School community leader, and the founder of Computing Champions.
  • Cat Lamin, after being a computing coordinator for eight years, Cat started a meetup for computing educators called Coding Evening before turning her hand to supporting educators as a consultant. She hosts a Global GEG staffroom online meetup called Mental Health Matters several times a month as well as delivering training and support to schools around the UK.
Carrie Anne Philbin
Carrie Anne Philbin, MBE, is a computing educator, YouTuber, author, and host of the Hello World podcast.
James Robinson
James Robinson is a computing educator, trainer, and host of the Hello World podcast.
Cat Lamin
Cat Lamin hosts a Global GEG staffroom online meetup called Mental Health Matters several times a month
Neil Rickus
Neil Rickus is a senior lecturer in computing education at the University of Hertfordshire as well as a Computing at School community leader

Together, we speculated about how the pandemic in general and the shift to remote teaching in particular has effected our well-being, and why it's important for educators to take the time to reflect on their use of technology and how they can use it more effectively to create boundaries between work and home.

We also spent some time discussing the importance of educators connecting outside of their schools to enhance their well-being and the simple steps we can take to find a support network online.

For more practical advice from educators on how to stay well, check out and subscribe to Hello World magazine. If you’ve enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave a five-star review wherever you get your podcasts.

We’ll be back with our next podcast in two weeks, in which we ask: "Are these the droids you're looking for?" If you have any questions or comments about the discussion in this episode, you can get in touch with us at podcast@helloworld.cc or @helloworld_edu on Twitter.

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