- a study from Durham University
So back my previous statement - You can plan for digital failure. A suggestion of how you might do it is to create a backup which would allow for a clever demonstration followed by a group discussion. Or, better yet, back up your digital lesson with a “regular” lesson that doesn't require any computer technology. That might just work as well.
Of course there are basic steps to take, such as always ensuring your kit is working in advance, that you’re familiar with it and that you have alternatives up your sleeve. But why stop there? Why rely on IT to solve problems? You might find becoming more technically capable and informed a worthwhile life skill outside the classroom in any case, so consider taking an IT troubleshooting course, reading literature or practicing in your spare time. What? No spare time you say? Well, I have to agree with you there.
Here’s an idea, let’s take all of that technology and make it work for us – the Educators! Let’s not fight them on it! Let’s incorporate, collaborate, include, stimulate, and blend these little minds by using all their own digital tools against them….rather, WITH them. We will call it, “Digital Literacy” and whenever we can incorporate these clever little software programs and technological devices into every subject area we teach, we will combine it all together and call it, “blended learning”.