Jan 11

Rule #14 Travel Light: Go Digital! (unofficially official)


Edited: Jan 11

In Zombieland, Rule #5 was travel light. When I think of how this could apply to education, I can't help but think of my first year of teaching. Oh my lord! You remember those wheeled carts that you can buy from staples? Well imagine them full of tons of notebooks, folders, and reading journals! I think I pulled a back muscle or two carrying them around.


In the ever increasing digital world (and with the birth of LMS platforms like Edmodo, Canvas, Google Classroom, and eBackPack, taking home a stack of papers (or a crate in my case!) is no longer necessary. But your thinking....Amanda....I'm an English teacher and I have a stack of papers students have turned in and I love my red pen...pffffttttt.


Use Kaeinza, or voice comments add on in Google Drive. Just don't drink and voice comment...the red ink on the paper may keep your secrets, but your voice will not (just kidding--but seriously---grading papers and wine kind of go together, do they not?)


So go digital. Pack light. You don't want to have to carry too many things in each morning because it might make you spill your coffee, and remember....we enjoy the little things (Rule #12).


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Mat Chacon, CEO, Dogheadsimulations 

"This is a fun, fast-paced read that is all about using teamwork to improve the educational experience. Whether you're an educator in the traditional classroom or an instructor in corporate training, you and your students will benefit from the unconventional strategies and tactics this book offers to navigate the darkness of antiquated educational practices and emerge into the light of an improved pedagogy.  " -- Mat Chacon, CEO, Doghead Simulations

"It’s human nature to get worn down by situations, and Education can be no different. But this dead-ly book from Amanda and Mary Ellen has the perfect anti-dote - the equally human response of playfulness, humour and creativity. As society moves to a fully digital and automated era where the most human intelligence or literacies are becoming more and more valuable, this is not only a smart move, but an absolutely key one if we are to truly survive. I’m confident that this book takes us even beyond that to also give an ability to thrive - first by understanding the recent past, and then via its incredible collection of practical tips and resources. I fully endorse Teachingland for the zombie-fied among us as well as the still warm and red-blooded teachers who are out there every day making a difference."

Jonathan Nalder, Teacher, Futurist, Digital Trainer and founder of FutureWe.org

Steve Bambury, Head of Digital Learning and Innovation, JESS Dubai

“A totally unique approach to professional development that stands out from every other teaching book I’ve read. Essential reading for educators striving to ensure their learning environment doesn’t end up resembling a zombie movie!”