Saturday, December 31, 2011

Twitter is My Life Line- What Happens When It Goes Down?

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope the coming year brings you much joy, relaxation, and fundamental enjoyment around the most important events in your life in the coming new year.  One major event I am looking forward to is our oldest son's wedding in the Caribbean in late Spring. I am so proud of him and his beautiful finance Krissy, they are truly meant to be together- and are so very happy. I am also pleased to say that I am very happy in my life- with my family, work and active lifestyle- and can't wait for the new year to bring much inspired new learning to my everyday adventures. 

Much of my inspired educational learning comes from my PLN of Twitter. Today as I launched my browser then Tweetdeck to welcome the morning with familiar Twitter friends- I was faced with the big blue whale- as this is the symbol that Twitter is over capacity. I thought- no worries- refreshed my browser- and relaunched Tweetdeck once again- but it happened again.  I think I cried a little inside at this point.  How would I make it through my day without Twitter and without even making one post, reading from my PLN to learn from others, and responding to others to share resources or assist them with finding possible solutions to their posed questions. After many thoughts rushed through my head, I ached a little more inside and thought what now?

I did move on, - reluctantly- due to I have many other things to due on my checklist to make progress throughout my day, even on holiday break.  I continued to dig deeper into my online course I am facilitating on Intel Elements: Collaboration in the Digital Classroom with 23 state leaders. I focused my questions and summary responses around the importance of collaboration- as this is the central focus for Module 2 of the course- how ironic- although wondering why Twitter was still down. 

I continued to go back and refresh my browser but with no luck and now getting an error message besides the over capacity message. I thought- get over it and move one- just think how much time your will have for other avenues this morning. So I did- reluctantly again. This is why I am now crafting this blog post on my blog to share story with all of you this AM.

I continued to work through my next hour with digging into my Intel Teachers Engage Community and SimpleK12 Community. Both of these learning communities are just as important as my Twitter community.  I read through quite few new discussions, responded to questions posed and shared some ideas, upload some support resources to extend the learning of others, and embedded this blog reflection into a new discussion thread as well to pose the following learning scenario below.  

Everyone always needs a great backup plan in life and especially as an educator  when the technology goes down, is not working, down for maintenance (see picture to the left- as my last view from Twitter as I refreshed the browser in-between writing) or is blocked in your school.  What is your plan of action or best work around when this occurs? How do you handle the stress of a classroom full of students when the technology fails and they are becoming restless? 

For now my outlet is reflection, learning from the experience and finding possible solutions to find the positive in the not so pleasant experiences through other online learning communities. I do not get rid of the tools that are not working- I find a work around for the moment or time being- I know they will come back up sooner or later. If does not come back to working order after a week or two or the site is disabled permanently there are a lot of choices on the Internet - that is the beauty of Web 2.0 . Here are some other possible solutions for you to assist you with those "Technology Hiccups" when they come your way.

Happy New Year everyone!

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