I think one of the most profound responses to my post this week was when Matt remarked about my comment of a power outage disrupting my schedule. He asked, “Is this was it is going to come down to?” Wow… I never thought about that aspect. Networking reliability is an issue, especially in Alaska! Do our technology plans accommodate for network disruptions? It would be important to make sure that our technology plans don’t result to “the haves” and “the have nots” because of location and unreliable internet and hardware accessibility. Tech costs money, and not everyone has those resources.
That is one of the reasons behind my research for Impact of Technology in the Classroom: What are best practices for integrating technology to meet State Standards for 1st grade reading/writing with limited resources (hardware)? It’s specific to a 1st grade level, because that’s the focus group I had access to. But it’s an important aspect to keep in mind for Alaskan education. We won’t always (if ever) have the newest and best technology available to our students. So what do we do about it? Good teachers are creative and pros at improvising a solution. It’s nice to have ideas already in the repertoire for what to do when the unexpected happen. ESPECIALLY with technology! Boy, technology is wonderful when it’s working, but it’s a REAL pain when it’s glitching out! And everybody knows it, which just adds to the stress.
And in reflection, many of us are in agreement that a technology plan needs to be a living document that leaves room for the unknown and unexpected. And even the concept of allowing for students input is important too. They just have a different perspective than we do, and that shouldn’t be taken for granted nor neglected.