Today I was asked to help with a blog where the comments weren't posting properly. I didn't know the solution, but I checked it on another computer to see if it was a computer related problem, I asked the teacher to show me what they were doing, I asked them to check through the blog management tool. We did find the problem being that the system hadn't accepted the comment approval commands that were given before. The point is that I don't know Edublogs.org well enough to know the answer, but by asking questions and exploring we found the answer.
This leads back to my original idea. What about when technology fails?
I was presenting on Google Earth in Victoria, BC yesterday and technology failed me. The projector had poor contrast so that reds, blues and blacks all showed up as black on the screen, Google Earth opened but did not have a reliable fast connection to the Internet, and I planned to show my Google Literature Trips on the Apple Learning Interchange but the Internet would go there. Sounds like a presentation from hell - right?
Wrong - I have learned to present the concept and the process more than the details. Much of my time was spent sharing the concepts, the rationale, and the practical applications for Literature, Mathematics and Social Studies. It is always hard to learn from a demonstration where you can't follow along anyway. Being forced to present highlighting the concepts and potential was much more powerful.
I find that we (as teachers) are moving to the process oriented learning side. In doing so, I don't have to showcase a final product, I can instead describe the process and learning encapsulated in the project.
Yes technology fails; however, so does the power from time to time. We deal with interruptions, assemblies, fire alarms, code yellow and much more on a daily basis. Technology is not the answer to all. Rather technology can be the spring board to amazing learning opportunities. I remember creating skits in groups as an intermediate student; we are really doing the same project when we have students create movies to tell a story. It is about the process not the product.