Itz a tech world we live in, friends. While this is obvious in today’s age, I wanted to write about how much more technology enables us to do and how much it connects us. The beautiful thing about technology is that itz for anyone and everyone. Technology doesn’t care your age, gender, race, religion, fitness level, etc. The importance of technology in one’s life starts before you’re even born! (Think: ultrasounds + more) Then, there are baby toys with technology, schools now incorporate technology, there’s an emphasis on social media for teens and adults, alike. As people age, there is technology to support illnesses or daily life. Technology is all around us everyday making a difference.
My Blog – The most significant way I use technology in my life. My beloved blog, which I started nearly two years ago with my original header that I still love today.
Blogging is so much more than merely writing down my thoughts, recipes, and workouts. Itz connected me with people who I would have never met otherwise. The Healthy Living Summit and Blend Retreat were two blogger conventions that provided me the opportunity to meet real life people from all over the country who I’d only previously known through the internet. Itz allowed me to develop friendships and relate to people all over the world! (Hello, all my non-United States readers!) That’s an amazing thing – the fact that I’m connecting with people from different countries all because my blog. Incredible.
My iPhone – My iPhone is constantly attached at my hip (well, besides when I’m teaching fourth grade). I do everything on my phone including take pictures. Yes, yes, I’ll admit it: I’m an iPhone photographer. But hey, that iPhone takes stellar photos! And you know you’re around other bloggers when you get your picture taken as you’re taking very important pictures… like stuffed animal cows and ice cream…
Thanks to Annette for capturing this very special moment.
Social Media – Wow, has this exploded over the years! When Facebook first came out, I remember thinking, “What’s the big deal?” It didn’t take long before I quickly became
obsessed enamored along with the rest of my college friends. Itz a way to share information, keep up with others, and learn new things. Shameless plug: follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest!
Fitness – There are a billion ways technology is included in the fitness world. For one thing, all social media sites are involved. I post sweaty pictures on Instagram, I engage in fitness conversation on Facebook, I am motivated with Twitter, and I pin new workouts on Pinterest. Not to mention, there are tons of fitness apps available, as well.
Pic Tap Go – This is the best iPhone photo editing site according to my sister (professional photographer). I actually should probably do an entire post on this, but it has a million filters, you can choose the intensity of each filter, and you can layer the filters. I love it. I will provide you with a tutorial later, so for now I’ll show you some of the crazy things we do with technology to capture that one awesome moment! Like sit in the middle of the road taking a picture…
That is my sister Stephanie trying to capture me doing a handstand, split jump, and backbend in front of a beautiful lake at Innsbrook.
PicMonkey – PicMonkey is the best [free] photo editing site on the computer! This is what I use to do all my graphics and add my itzlinz.com to my pictures. I first learned about it from Katie as she wrote an awesome beginner’s tutorial for PicMonkey.
Technology in Schools – As you know, I teach fourth grade and the use of technology in schools has increased drastically in the [short] six years I’ve been teaching. At my school, every teacher has their own laptop. Each classroom has a SMARTboard, document camera, and eight student computers. In addition, each grade level has a laptop cart full with twenty-five laptops. A SMARTboard is an interactive whiteboard. You hook your computer up to it and itz SO engaging for students. A document camera has replaced the old school overhead projectors with transparencies and makes life much easier. Itz such a powerful tool, not too mention incredibly convenient. I could really turn this entire topic into itz own post! I’ll save that for a follow-up tech post.
Self Timers – So this isn’t super new, but itz still an awesome part of technology. I mean after all, otherwise how would my family capture everyone who was at our Innsbrook vacation in our matching t-shirts as no one else was around? Self timer saves the day!
FaceTime – iPhone lovers know what I’m talking about here! It used to be Skype (which is still awesome), but the fact that you can FaceTime anytime anywhere is awesome. I FaceTime my little brother all the time as he lives in Arizona and it makes it feel like he’s not so far away. The best is doubling up with technology – just last night we were FaceTiming and he decided to try Crow Pose for the first time ever. I took a screenshot when he so naturally got up on his very first try! Like a boss:
Online Dating – Ok I still feel like this is a subject that’s hush hush, but I’m just going to come out with it. Jonny and I met on an online dating site for Jewish people called JDate! Eek, itz out! I used to be so embarrassed about that fact, but now that we are three years into our blissful marriage I’m a little more ok with sharing our story. Itz funny actually because it turned out that we went to neighboring high schools and knew TONS of mutual people. Not to mention the fact that Jonny’s dad and my mom went to elementary and high school together and my dad and his mom went to high school together! Small world at itz finest. And of course we were happy to have technology included during our wedding to capture our special day.
This post has gotten a bit longer, and I do apologize about that, so I’ll bring it to an end now. I didn’t even realize in just how many ways technology was involved in my life until I really started typing and reflecting. I could literally create an entire post on each of the subjects I briefly touched on today. Enough about me, I want to know about YOU.
Let’s talk! How do YOU use technology to improve your life?