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CIDDList: An Updated Packing List for the Tech Lover on Vacay

Author: Samantha Goldman; info@ciddl.org

Summer is here. It’s a time students (both K-12 and college), teachers, and teacher-educators relax, rewind, and re-energize. And, mixed in with that re-ing is excitement for the future. Whether you dream of the back-to-school sales with aisles filled with the prettiest pens and folders or the first day of classes when everything is shiny and new, at least part of summer is spent in anticipation for the coming year. In this CIDDList, we will share some must-have items to take with you on vacation to allow you to do the re-ing and the prepping!

We previously shared a packing list right before we left for CEC’s convention in Louisville. Here’s an updated list, in no particular order. 

  1. Waterproof headphones: Summer is a time to hang out by the pool, the beach, or even floating in the water. When prepping for the next semester, having the flexibility of watching or listening to podcasts and videos while sitting near or in the water allows you to enjoy your surroundings and be productive. Take it from someone who has washed many cell phones. You do not want to underestimate the power of waterproofing. I’m currently digging my bone conducting headphones. They stay on my head way better than my wireless ones. 
  2. Popsocket: I know these have been around for a while but hear me out. You are laying on the beach or floating on a pool raft and you are trying to watch the new CIDDL Hot Takes but holding your phone up is uncomfortable and your hand cramps. Using a popsocket or a ring-holder for your phone makes it much easier to hold your phone up without dropping it.
  3. Laptop Shade: While I would not recommend using your laptop in the pool, I fully support working at the pool. The problem is the glare from the sun can make it almost impossible to see the screen. Of course, there are some products on the market, like Lens Hoods, Laptop Tents, or the one that’s currently in my Amazon cart, the Laptop Sun Shade. Alternatively, you could make one yourself.
  4. Do Not Disturb Mode: So, this isn’t exactly something you need to pack. However, it is imperative that while you are taking time to refresh yourself and your course for the coming year, you take time away from it and give your brain a break. Apple products and Androids have “Do Not Disturb” modes which allow you to filter what notifications you receive and when. It’s a great tool for when you are trying to focus or trying to take a break. Who knows what innovative ideas you’ll come up with while you are enjoying a swim with dolphins or building a sandcastle. And, when those ideas do come, don’t forget to share them in the CIDDL community!
  5. The CIDDL Community App: Seriously, there is no better way to stay up-to-date on what’s happening with teachers and related service provider preparation and technology than through our community. We are always having hot-topic discussions and would love to hear your thoughts on all the latest trends. 

What’s on Your List?

When you are enjoying a day in the sun, what are your must-bring items? What would you add to our list? Head over to our community and let us know!