This blog is about using new literacies or digital tools to create an inspired, engaged educational experience for all. But I think I would be remiss if I didn’t include the importance of unplugging…or stepping away from edtech. “Everything in moderation” we say, right? “Too much of a good thing” we say, right?

So this Spring Break, I decided to make a concerted effort to pay less attention to my passion for tech, and more attention to something infinitely more important: my sons Eamon & Eoin. They are 5 and almost 2, respectively.

Inspired by some articles I’ve read (here is one of them). I took them all by myself on a road trip to the The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, N.Y. Sure, I used “tech” to snap a few pictures here and there, but it was a day of pure play. Hands-on FullSizeRender_4displays, activities, etc. It actually felt indulgent to put down the tech, and focus on the boys. We played, laughed, hugged, and had one of the best days I can remember as a parent.

What are your best examples of unplugging?

Have a great day,



Author: Kirsten B. Smith, M.S.Ed

I am an educator, presenter, and single mom of two little boys. I have a passion for educational technology, literacy, STEAM, and mindfulness for increasing engagement and student achievement.

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