I’m sure that I’m not the only one who has ever had extreme frustrations with technology. This evening, I was supposed to do a show and tell activity with my ECMP 455 class in Elluminate. I spent the last few daysday attempting to make my presentation interesting and making the slides appealing, and was even tweaking it until a few minutes before the class began. I sat through the first few presentations from my classmates, they were very good, one about art and the other about computers. In Mike’s computer presentation, I added in the I have really liked how Windows 7 (my current operating system) has worked for me.
Then it came time for me to share my presentation. I went to click the button that would give me the mic to begin my presentation. Everything freezes up. Uh oh. Quickly restart, try again. Frozen. Great. I repeated this process for an hour while my class went on without me. Eventually the time came where everyone else had completed their presentations and my computer still hadn’t started to work.
This was extremely frustrating for myself. I spent the next hour Googling possible reasons as to why this might have happened. Everywhere seemed to have the same solutions, which must have worked for others, but not for me. Eventually I just uninstalled a bunch of programs and reinstalled some. Ta-da! Just like that, everything started running smoothly again.
This isn’t the first time my computer or a piece of technology has buckled under pressure for me. It seems that whenever I need it to work, it refuses.
I have great plans to incorporate technology into my teachings and my classroom in the future. When problems like this occur, it makes me worry somewhat about how using technology in my classroom will go. What if every time I go to use it, it crashes or doesn’t work as planned?
I don’t have very much experience in a classroom as of right now. In my field placement for this semester, I am planning to utilize and test out the SmartBoard in the classroom. I know last semester, I ran into quite a few problems work with Ms. Ionno in my mentorship. I understand that I will have to have a plan B when I start using it. I am sure this is why many teachers are so reluctant to embrace and use technology in their classrooms.
How has using technology worked for you? Any horror stories to share? How did you handle it?