We live in a fast paced world where there always seems to be more to do than there is time in which to do it. Part of the reason for that is that we now have tools that, when working properly, allow us to do more work in a very short period of time. That is great when the tools work, and we know how to properly use them. But we do not live in a perfect world. Things break. Tools change. New tools come down the line. These things happen in all industries, and education is no exception. The problem becomes acute when things break or change while the teacher is standing in front of a class of 30+ kids. Everything comes to a grinding halt because something is not working as expected. Not fun.
Some folks want to avoid working with technology because of these unexpected events. The problem with that approach is that it leaves students unprepared to live in the world that we live in. Students are going to experience problems with technology in life. They need to have real world problem solving strategies modeled for them. That is one way people learn! Next time you have technology problems don’t panic. Don’t put the computers away in frustration. That shows the students that when faced with adversity it is best to give up. That is not the message we want to send as teachers. Trouble shooting may not be the lesson you had planned for the day, but make the best of it. Figure it out, in front of the kids. Figure it out with the kids. And ask for help, in front of the kids.