Ask the #Educhums: When your lesson relies on technology, what do you do when the internet goes down?
Last week, we unveiled our exciting new Thursday feature to you. This week, Snarky reader Ashley — a high school Spanish teacher from Illinois — asked a great question that plagues almost every teacher at some point in his or her career, especially if you teach at a school with 1:1 tech.
This Week's Question
When your lesson or daily activities are tied to the internet, what tricks or tips do you have up your sleeve for when the internet collapses?
From our ed tech contributor, Alissa:
If you work in a school where you rely on tech for the majority of your lessons, it's inevitable that you will have internet or connectivity issues at some point. I would suggest keeping an "offline" Google Doc just in case, that way you always have the ability to have students write and create.
Another strategy I have used is flipping my classes so videos were watched at home instead of during the school day, which also helped ease bandwidth issues. Class could easily shift to discussion instead of relying on connectivity.
Finally, I would keep a few SmartNotebook (or other interactive board) files/templates that I could quickly edit on days without internet connection. Games like Jeopardy, vocabulary review, etc. are interactive and not passive; students can even create the questions for each other, input them on the computer, and then play!
Readers, can you share your strategies for dealing with an internet outage in your classroom? Please weigh in in the comments below!
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