Oh yes. There are always times when it doesn’t work.
I can’t get onto the wifi! My blog’s blocked!!!??? I can’t post my image! My iPad is dead! My iPad is upgrading and stuffed! I can’t load the site! I can’t upload my work! I have been waiting for HOURS and my iPad/computer is doing nothing. I forgot my login!
There is a whole chorus of not working variations. It applies to me too.
Sorry, I can’t seem to load the class list. Sorry, the board won’t connect. Sorry , there’s no sound.
You could let it all fall apart. You could blame technology. You could just have a hissy fit and melt in a spectacular public display. If my technology isn’t working I have a whole head full of little things we can do to fill in the time. We can do verbs, numbers, answer questions, tell me what they did this morning , think of all the things we can that are red. By then I am usually right. Nothing usually goes on for that long. If necessary I swap activities. The great thing about technology is I have lots of options. As for the students , we ask questions. Did you connect and reconnect? Did you shut down and start again? Do you want to borrow an iPad? Let me have a look. Most times I can talk them through it and we can resolve the issues. If it is a curly problem then we brainstorm quietly and calmly together . When we run out of options or time then our technicians have magical technician fingers which resolve 99.5% of our problems. This video reminds us to use these moments to learn because we are teachers.
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