Plan "A" today involved a simple afternoon drive over to one of our feeder schools to continue our State Report projects on iPads. The "fail" part comes in when a little miscommunication occurred and the iPads weren't available for the afternoon. The teacher I was working with asked if I wanted to cancel or if I had a Plan "B". As I pondered our lesson objectives and the fact I was the only one with a device, I was determined to find a way to expand our study of states beyond textbooks and a Google search. Twitter and my PLN came to mind immediately.
My next step was to send out a "tweet" to my PLN asking for fun facts, pictures or quotes about their state. Hoping to get some feedback and have opportunities for discussion, I was almost ready for Plan "B". I was not only excited to turn this tech fail into success, but was excited to share this Twitter activity with these students.
Success.... Yes, I said success! The Plan "B" was a success. Following our short YouTube video, I opened Tweet Deck. With the help of an amazing PLN: (Thanks @mrbadura @mandery @mrszookeeper @mrbalcom @bethEilers @kimberlymeier @lmhere4apolo @prairieCA @Flemtech @ventura_omaha @micheleCMueller @lconley86) The tweets came in and we were able gather some great information using resources beyond the textbook and Google.
(AND... talk a little about one of my favorite topics #digcit in this process)
Thank you Tech Fail for your time. This time I conquered you.
Just a teacher sharing her story :)