This may be surprising to some, but teaching can be a lonely profession many days. While teachers are surrounded by people, there’s often little time for collaboration or discussion with peers. My days are filled with exciting moments of discovery with students, of course, but also the challenge of sneaking in a lunch or prep period. It’s easy to get to the end of the day or week and realize I’ve had little interaction with the adults in my building.

When I first considered using technology in my classroom and practice, I didn’t expect connection and community to be among the...

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  • About the Author:

    Stephanie Smith is an instructional technology coach at Rutherford County Schools in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. She previously taught fourth grade at Roy L. Waldron Elementary School.