When the iPlan goes to iPot

iPlanWhat do you do when the grand plan falls apart? You plan a lesson or a series of lessons which are reliant on technology and then…the iPlan goes to iPot. Like when you book a computer room and find the system has somehow made a double booking. 30 students are waiting in the corridor as you try to work it out. This time it worked out on your side but since there were no computer rooms available for next week to finish the task, then the resolution was still a work in progress. Last time, you gave way and let the other person take the room. So then you wander back to class 15 minutes into the lesson and then what? I usually patch that sort of thing up with a little video. A song or some interesting vocabulary practice. On the way back to class I think of plan B. Sometimes the iPads will save me. Other times they are not what I want. It is a matter of the right tool for the job. This time I renegotiated the home work expectation so what we were going to do in the computer room would be done at home. There – the wonderful flipped classroom solved it.

What then if you have 30 students who were presenting last term’s investigative study and you planned to use Apple TV? You get it out , plug it in and nothing. Not working. Later in the week you discover the access points were being changed over so it’s just a matter of patience and time but when you have 30 students sitting there and you can’t easily resolve something you have to resort to plan B. 30 students presenting from my desk plugging in and unplugging their laptops take quite a while whereas with the Apple TV it is practically instant and so you can be far more time efficient. Okay, so we did it the old way and then discovered one student’s screen went blue when she plugged in and then her whole computer froze when we disconnected. A reboot fixed that and then we tried it again and the screen went blue again. In the meantime I had asked another student to present so we wouldn’t be wasting time. So, for the other student, I got a USB stick and asked for the presentation files to be put on there. She had had the sense to export her iMovie to the desktop otherwise that would have been another step to take so we could transfer the files. She then ran her presentation from my MacBook and it all went well.

When your iPlan goes to iPot:

1. Have plan B

2. Keep talking and moving the conversation on to get to the resolution.

3. Always have a USB stick and an alternate presentation mode.

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