When technology fails, teachers will save you

Apr 21, 2013

Yesterday we held yet another virtual Teachmeet. Just like the previous three teachmeets, this one was a true celebration of teaching, learning and sharing. There were 16 speakers from 16 countries from across six continenets. They talked about eTwinning projects, classroom publishing, concept mapping, Edmodo, extensive reading, writing, gaming, entrepreneurship, mentoring teachers and Wordle, just to mention a few. The atmoshpere was incredible - you could feel the immense enthusiasm, energy and passion that radiated not only from the speakers, but also from the audience, both in the chatbox and on the stage.

Technology, however, is another story.  Everything that could go wrong went wrong. At one point, the ACP simply refused to obey our orders, requests and pleas to upload the speakers' presentations. I was devastated, even though I know very well that  technology often lets us down, but we still love it! Luckily, having teachers in the audience means that  all problems can be fixed! Teachers wouldn't be teachers if they didn't have a contingency plan for each and every situation that could go wrong. So when we came up with the idea to share the presentations on Slideshare and talk in the ACP, I knew  that the TeachMeet was saved!






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