Classroom Technology

Learning From Classroom-Tech Failures

By Anthony Rebora — August 02, 2010 1 min read
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Bill Ferriter announces “Epic Tech Failure Day”—a forum-cum-contest in which teachers are asked to submit short pieces describing a classroom-tech meltdown they’ve experienced.

Maybe you had a great video-based activity that went horribly wrong because all of the video cameras in your school decided to die at the same time—or a lesson built around digital photographs captured on cameras without USB cords!
Maybe you've fought the Flip Camera Codex battle—something that teachers in PC schools have grumbled about more than once in the past few years. Maybe your class wiki project fell apart in a sea of vandalism from students who weren't quite ready to take digital projects seriously.

But the idea is not just to vent about technology; it’s about “making your struggles transparent [to] help others to understand that digital efforts aren’t easy” and to learn from your mistakes.

Submission guidelines are here. (Due date is August 12.) Join the fun.

A version of this news article first appeared in the Teaching Now blog.