My building tech person poked her head into my room this morning before school started to deliver some bad news, “Internet is down, guess you’ll have to punt.” Not exactly the first thing you want to hear in the morning when your classroom, the equipment in it, and the lessons you have planned all revolve around using the computers and the Internet.
Thankfully, as I sat there bemoaning having to change lessons for my 5th graders that were due in less than 10 minutes, I took her advice to heart. My brain flashed back to my substituting days, and quickly referenced the “cheat sheet” of games and activities that I carried with me in case of emergencies. Sparkle? Nope, spelling games wouldn’t fly with this class. Free Choice Time? I really didn’t want to waste the whole class. Win, Lose, or Draw Technology Vocabulary? OMG! My interactive whiteboard; win, lose, or draw; perfect! So with less than 5 minutes to go, I quickly printed up my handy dandy list of technology vocabulary, and the first class of the day got to play a rather loud game of Win, Lose, or Draw. It was exciting for them, because they got to use the board. It was exciting for me, because I got to see how well they knew their technology terminology (many remembered wikis from last year).
Most of all, it was surprising to see how literal they were drawing the images. Almost everything started out as a box. Website? A box with picture and writing in it. Monitor? A box with pictures and words in it. Search Engine? A box with a tiny box with writing inside of that. Kind of disappointing to not see the sort of creativity I expected (a picture of a spider’s web perhaps for website), so I think I’m going to have to work the Win, Lose, or Draw game into my regular routine now. I hadn’t thought of it before because I only see the kids for 45 minutes a week, and quite often from week to week there’s a lot of retention lost. Maybe a few rousing rounds of a drawing or matching game might be helpful. In any event, I’m hoping I can turn this “punt” into a touch-down drive some time in the near future (yes, yes, I’m well aware that’s not how it really works in real football).
But I’m still curious as to what other technology using educators do when their technology fails them and they have to “punt”.
Image: ‘Jacob‘ – www.flickr.com/photos/84226264@N00/464813527