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The school year is happening again. The summer is wrapping up and it's time to start all over with some goals. I was thinking about what I could focus on this year as an Ed Tech. If I may, I would like to share a story from this summer. I recently attended a superb concert by a band that stopped in Sandy, UT on its tour, Delta Rae. The group is composed of six young adults who sing loud and all have percussion duties in addition to singing or playing other instruments.
The concert was as said before, a really entertaining event. Something happened during their performance that made me think about some of the goals I have for myself and for the faculties I am working with. During a particularly rousing number the band members were all playing their respective instruments (piano, drums of various types, guitars, and the bass) quite loudly and the microphones stopped working.
I have thought about this so much that I think this experience will guide one of my goals. Delta Rae had a contingency plan. They didn't freak out or walk away, they just calmly walked up to the front of the stage as if they'd trained for this very issue. One area I'd like to work on this year is having a contingency plan when things don't go as planned. Sometimes wifi doesn't cooperate. I need to be able to "sing acapella" when the instruments aren't working. So, for me, what happens when the mic goes out? Can I sing without it if I need to?
So, I've decided to work out some contingency plans for my trainings: Plans A-C. Like the teachers who have students in the classroom, I need to be able to keep the show going even when technical difficulties arise. For example: The wifi isn't connecting for my training for Doceri (which requires wifi to work). I will simply use the screen shots I've created prior to show the tools and have a short video created on my computer that demonstrates its functions. for this I'd only need a VGA adapter (dongle) to connect to the projector. What if the projector doesn't connect? It's not ideal, but I should be able to show each tool by drawing a diagram on butcher paper or a white board if available. Planning for this might involve making sure the teachers have plenty of notice so they have already downloaded the app on their device prior to the training. Because I've given them notice, I've also given myself notice. The preparation for this training has included my contingency plans.
What adaptations have you made when your mics go out? I'll be asking teachers who work with me for advice and "in concert" with the ideas shared here, I'll make a follow-up post. Please comment!