1. I did the EXACT same thing with Prezi! The site says its intuitive, so I figured I could so it on my own. Eventually I watched that one minute video and my jaw dropped. "Ohhhhhhh–THAT'S how you do that!" LOL!

    But regarding your bigger point–I like to tell teachers (I am an instructional technology coach) to expect and embrace tech failure. Things are not going to work right 100% of the time, and if you allow yourself to get frustrated over that, you're either 1) going to be frustrated all the time, or 2) stop using it. Number two would be a tragedy, because once you get past the learning curve or tech glitch, the stuff that happens is powerful.

  2. rockteacher50

    I agree that modeling a growth mindset is key for students to learn and be successful. I also think that without failure (and a certain amount of frustration) the days when it all comes together would be less of a rush.

  3. Brian Whitson

    How many times does it happen – you have everything ready to go and you even run it ahead of time and BOOM – it bombs in front of the students or adults that you are training. Each time it reminds that we, as humans, have made it all this time with many setbacks, challenges, and other "failures." What I am reminded of is to be be prepared and to always be humble. It definitely helps me to stay empathic to others when they have technology snafus.

  4. johnny bevacqua

    I guess I have to try Prezi again….
    I agree with the "growth mindset" and fostering such and attitude in schools. One of biggest comcerns I have is that some teachers continue to "grade" failure in thier.assessment practices. Failure is how we learn-we need to stop grading failure

  5. mrjtyler

    Couldn't agree more. It is important to continue pushing and trying new things. Sometimes we will experience speed bumps along the way and those can be embarassing-that's OKAY!. The important thing is to keep pushing, it is a key part of our growth and learning.

  6. I agree with what you say BUT, there are times when giving up is the viable option. I have worked in a couple of big IT projects in my professional life where the good call was to ‘give up’ and yet was left too long or too late before anyone was brave enough to call it quits and start again.

    So where does one draw the line? That’s the tougher question. I think when it starts to take a human toll, i.e. starts to do more harm than good.

    Sometimes giving up is the more couragous and wiser thing to do. #justsayin

  7. datruss

    I remember doing a presentation about embracing technology and it started with me dropping my mouse, which I was using to advance slides, and the batteries fell out… I put them in backwards… that was the first of 7 tech issues I had for the presentation. (I made an mp3 of the presentation and listened to it on the flight home- painful to count). It was during flub number 6 that Dennis Richards, @dennisar, in the audience said that I was exemplifying the points I was making about not having fear and embracing the challenges that technology can create. I owe him a lot because at that point I felt I was doing miserably and he gave me the boost that I needed to finish off.

    My favourite quote around this is from Kim Cofino: "Using Technology Integration in the classroom is a Mindset, not a skill set“ http://www.slideshare.net/mscofino/the-21st-centu… (Great presentation, watch it from the start!)

  8. wferriter

    I love thinking about digital resilience, George.

    Here's a slide I made that you might find useful in your work:

    But I do have to say that most of the tech challenges I run into are because I'm working with broken machines — or machines that haven't been well maintained or managed.

    Here's an example: This week, I took my kids to the lab to introduce them to a Voicethread that we were using as an extension to a Socratic Seminar that we'd done in class.

    29 of 33 machines didn't have the most recent version of Flash installed on them — which meant that Voicethread wouldn't run.

    Worse yet, the network permissions given to teachers and students made it impossible to load the most recent version of Flash. That is a "right" only given to school and district level tech administrators.

    My entire lesson was a wash.

    That's frustrating. And I get why teachers would quit trying to integrate technology in schools when that happens.

    It wasn't a technology fail. It was a failure of our technology policies and permissions.

    Any of this make sense?

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