I thought this post was going to be about a decision I made in my past and how it would be interesting to think about how things might be different if I’d made a different choice–perhaps a little Capra-esque.

But, it’s not.

SmartboardMy SmartBoard projector died yesterday. For those of you who aren’t familiar, a SmartBoard is a giant mouse pad that is at the front of the room. It requires a projector so whatever is on my computer screen will be reflected to the rest of the class. It’s interactive. It’s replaced overhead projectors. (No more cleaning overhead transparencies).overhead

They’re great tools. Until they’re not.

It occurred to me a couple of years ago that absolutely EVERYTHING about my teaching life is now digitized and runs through the projector onto this glorified mouse pad.

What happens on the day technology fails?

Well, I’ll tell you what happened yesterday–a man on a really tall ladder came in to take down the projector while the media assistant waited for him so she could change the light bulb. All this in the middle of my class, so I had to keep teaching somehow.
It was truly adapting and overcoming.

I’ve started printing out every Smart file I create, every PowerPoint I create, well, let’s just speed this up–I have hard copies of everything.

I think technology has it’s place in this world. It’s fabulous in a lot of ways–I can drive my car (that’s technology), talk on the phone, watch NCIS and King of the Hill; I can even type this blog and send it out to the masses.

But has it become a crutch? Do we know how to function without it?  Can you go without your computer, your cell phone (acck, you mean no texting, pinning, tweeting, snap-pixing, Facebooking), or even your SmartBoard?cellphones

I’m not saying I can.  But I would like to think that the adjustment wouldn’t be so awesome that my life would feel upside down. It’s nice when you can walk without crutches.