Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out. -John Wooden
And then there was darkness…a recent school-wide power outage left us without the use of my laptop, the Smart Board, overhead lights, air-conditioning…all of the things we take for granted every day and that are absolute necessities in my book. An announcement was made that it was uncertain how long we would actually be without power. Hmmm…what do we do, now that we can’t see to move around our classroom, and can’t use our Smart Board? Our technology-dependent classroom came to a screeching halt. As I am using my iPhone flashlight app to move around without stepping on someone, it occurs to me that all is not lost. We may not be able to see to read or write in the traditional ways, but we do have iPads. Our wonderful back-lit devices allows us to carry on even in darkness. We can read, write, spell, add, subtract, complete patterns, count, draw, sing, do yoga, learn a foreign language, ok…you get the idea. We all sat on the rug and played a favorite spelling game. Using our White Board app, I called out words and they wrote the words on their iPads. They held them up to reveal their answers. The glow of the back-lit screens even contributed to the ambiance in the room. Everyone lowered their voices and it was almost like we were in a really nice restaurant. Almost.
We played our spelling game and before we knew it, the power was back on. That 20 minute outage could’ve seemed like an eternity but we “powered” through with iPads. The kids were disappointed when the lights came back on.
The Multi-touch White Board app by Shifting Mind is a very versatile one. We use it for multiple purposes and in all subject areas. You have the ability to have up to 9 white boards in use at once. It is also possible to type in text rather than write or draw. It uploads nicely into the Pages app and eBook Magic.
We made the best of things on that day. The kids thought it was an adventure and even ask if we can turn off the lights in the classroom whenever we do whole group iPad activities on the carpet. It seems to keep them quiet so I’m all for it!
I’d love for you to leave a comment, subscribe to my blog, and/or share this post with a friend.