Before school started this year, I wrote about starting the year WITHOUT an electronic whiteboard. I've had one in my classroom (between this school and my previous school) for about eight years. The first day of school is spent more on getting-to-know-you activities and learning procedures so my panic over not having a board in my room after the "updating" was for not. That afternoon we were told that the new and improved boards would be installed the next day...the second day of school. After taking the kids to another room for a couple of hours we returned to a classroom with a new board. There was a small learning curve as I had been using a Promethean Board for all those years and the new one is a Smartboard. Within in week though, things were up and running fairly smoothly and over the next 5 weeks it was a regular part of my teaching repertoire.
Then it happened...my new Smartboard started to get glitchy about a week ago! I lost the ability to write on it and shortly after lost the ability to use the touchscreen altogether. It's currently only a REALLY expensive screen and projector.
And I'm SOOOO frustrated! Now that we are well into the school year, I use it for almost every lesson or activity for one reason or another. To have no access to it now...well I don't know how to teach without it anymore. And right now I'm stumbling through old school lessons and just pointing to assignments in actual size, not projected 100X larger in front of the kids. I would not dream of teaching without it, and here I am living the nightmare of very limited tech in the classroom!
Someone from the installing company came out today, and apparently there is a camera in the board that is out and there's something wrong with the bezel...whatever that is. The parts have been ordered and I have to suffer through it for 3-5 more days. Humph...
Oh! And after updating to IOS 8, my iPad will no longer send group texts!!!
I tell ya, I'm having a tough week! ;)
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