Slice of Life/Day in Sentence: It Wasn’t So Easy After All

(The Slice of Life Challenge in March is hosted by Two Writing Teachers as way to encourage teachers-as-writers. You can join in, if you want. There is also a monthly call for Slices on Tuesdays. You can write then, too)

What I had at first hoped would be a straightforward technology lesson for students — using Quicktime to capture voice on audio — became, instead, incredibly unexpectedly complicated due to the distance between us — me, at home, with screenshots and tutorials; them, at home, using an unfamiliar application; and Zoom, refusing to play nice in allowing me to show what I needed to show.

Peace (finding the button),

  1. So so true. Yesterday was full of lags. In the littles, I also often see just foreheads and eyes. Better yet they disappear all together. I’ve learned a lot about tech tools. Pre pings

    • It wasn’t the lag — it was that Zoom won’t allow you to share screen of Quicktime in record mode (prob because the audio is already being used for Zoom streaming)

  2. Zoom doesn’t always play nice, and it can really screw up a well-intentioned meeting, even though the motivation is high and the players are all there, so I can completely understand how challenges come about when anyone tries to teach a new technology trick over the platform!
    (One sentence response.)

  3. Well. Now I had to go back and read all your other posts, too. This is a great format. I love the way it allows you to play with punctuation and parallelism. I love how much you can capture in one sentence. I do NOT love that Zoom wouldn’t play nice with Quicktime. So many challenges when we teach with this much tech.

  4. Oh yikes! And yet we continue to learn so much through some of these colossal failures. Will you go back in person this school year?


    • We’ve been back in hybrid since October — but Wednesdays are remote … our School Committee just voted a plan to bring everyone back, full .. by April

  5. Have been there. In the zoom world it is so hard to anticipate what will work. I’ve gotten better with the complete lack of control.

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