Reminder: Epic Tech Fail Entries Due

Just a quick reminder, Radical Nation:  Entries for the first annual Epic Tech Fail Day are due by August 12th.  You can learn more about the project by reading this post.

Essentially, Epic Tech Fail Day has a ton of laudable goals.  Two of the most important, however, are:

We’ll show tech novices that tech fails happen to everyone—including those of us who have drunk multiple cups of the digital Kool-Aid—and that digital resilience is a required characteristic of a 21st Century teacher. 

That’s an important message, don’t you think?  How many times have you seen a peer give up on technology integration because they have a lesson go horribly wrong?

Epic Tech Fail Day is designed to give those colleagues the confidence to continue moving their instruction forward.

We’ll show the tech-specialists and decision-makers in our central offices the kinds of things we’re trying to do with technology. 

Let’s face it:  The folks making choices about our instructional worlds—what programs to block, what purchases to make, what infrastructure elements to enhance, develop or support—aren’t always teachers. 

That ‘practitioner gap’ results in a fundamental lack of awareness of what kinds of tech choices carry the biggest bang for the buck in our schools. 

Districts end up investing in content management systems when their teachers would rather have the ability to videoconference.  Districts end up spending heaping cheeseloads of cash on interactive whiteboards when their teachers would rather have tools for carrying on asynchronous conversations between their students.

Epic Tech Fail Day can spotlight the kinds of practices we’re trying to implement AND draw attention to the techno-hiccups that are preventing us from making progress. 

Does this make any sense?  Essentially, Epic Tech Fail Day is a chance to make public the challenges that we’ve faced when using technology in our buildings, bringing transparency to teachers and tech leaders all at the same time.

I hope you’ll play!