The Technology May Fail You

3/24/2014 12:00:00 AM
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“Don’t panic!” ~ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

During the ISTEK conference in Istanbul, I was doing a partner presentation with Sue Lyon-Jones titled, Teaching with Technology: Plan B! Ironically, our projector didn’t work. We were in a room full of teachers and we couldn’t even show our presentation. We decided to go with my part on offline activities with mobile devices while Sue got a technician. Our session was successful, the teachers walked out with valuable learning. We didn’t allow our technical difficulties to interrupt the learning process. At times, the technology will fail you. Too often I have seen teachers and presenters spend too much time fussing over the technology, and apologizing profusely. At the end of the day, your audience (including your students) came to learn from you. Let them walk away with the learning. Below are a few tips when you face technology hiccups:


Don’t panic when the technology fails, just continue with the learning.

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Shelly Terrell is an education consultant, technology trainer, and author. Read more at
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