Those are words that no Technology Specialist or Facilitator ever wants to hear. Luckily, I haven’t heard (or said it myself) for years now except for some extremely short events of less than an hour.
That wasn’t the case twelve years ago, though. I was working as a Technology Facilitator at a middle school when the server went down for six school days! The staff really scrambled and made it through, but I really felt for the business computer teachers. What do you do when you are supposed to be teaching keyboarding to six classes a day?
There are very few engaging low tech/no tech activities out there when this happens. The server might not even be down but the tech specialist might be asked to vacate the lab for some sort of testing or training and end up holding classes in an empty classroom. Add in a few unruly kids, and you’ve got a recipe for disaster!
That very possibility lead to the development of these “no tech” games. Inexpensive and requiring very little prep, “Scoot” games have been a staple in academic classrooms for years. So far we have made two versions, “Elementary Digital Citizenship” and “Word Processing,” both aimed at elementary classrooms. Simply cut apart the cards and place them in order around the room and duplicate the student answer sheet. This “old school” game is a lot of fun, complete with giggling, as well as an excellent way to review and assess what your students may need in terms of remediation.
If you’ve never played Scoot, here’s a great blog post from the “Learning Resources” blog.
We’ve included thirty stations in each game that will keep your kids busy and engaged. Even if everything is running smoothly, Scoot can serve as a great review, substitute teacher activity, or a break and opportunity for your students to get up and move!
Tell us, what are your strategies to make it through these kinds of situations?