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Posted on February 24, 2013 12:24 am
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Yasar Bodur
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What would you do if the technology around which you planned your lesson did not work?
If you are asked this question in a job interview for a teaching position: What are some things you should avoid when responding to this question? What might be some important points to stress that would get the interviewer’s attention? How would you respond to this question?
 
     
     
 
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Solution 1
Posted February 28, 2013 7:44 am

Candice Williams
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I definitely would not say I would just "wing" the lesson not having anything planned out. I would tell the interviewer that I will always have a "plan B" for anytime the technology wouldn't work, and in a small chance that I forgot the material at home. It is important to have a back-up plan regardless, if the technology doesnt take as much time as planned originally.
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Brianne Blowers
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I agree that it is important to let the employer know that you would always have a back up lesson plan to use when technology isn't available.
  Posted on: October 19, 2014 11:10 pm

Kathy Allen
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This is a good idea.
  Posted on: February 23, 2018 7:56 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 2, 2013 5:39 pm

ebuquv
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I would avoid saying things like end the lesson or allow the students to have social time while figuring out how to handle the situation. I think stating that the lesson would continue using a different element such as books, the chalkboard, or the whiteboard is something that would make the interviewer feel that teacher is not reliant solely on technology.
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ypuqum
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I agree with this solution. As the teacher you should know the material well enough that you could teach it without technology.
  Posted on: October 16, 2014 1:18 am

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Solution 3
Posted April 18, 2013 7:07 pm

ZeNyJe
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I would improvise with what I have or contact faculty to see of another room is available of ruse. If this does not work I would find an alternate activity for the students. Teachers should always have an educational activity ready to go for situations like this such as games or worksheets. I would not allow the students to take advantage of this time by talking. It is important that teachers plan for these things especially when working with technology. In the worst case scenario, I would have the student independently read while I figure out the technology.
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Solution 4
Posted March 4, 2015 10:07 pm

Sapypu
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As teachers, we must always have a backup plan. Fall back on the traditional methods if the resources are available to you. I think we are becoming much more reliant on technology and forget that a computer is, in general, less reliable that a good old fashioned book. As for during an interview, it's important that you apologize for the malfunction, don't let it show in your overall performance and keep going.
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Solution 5
Posted March 15, 2015 6:10 pm

eRaTaW
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Any educator with classroom experience that has implemented technology into their instructional practice for an extended period of time has had this happen. In an interview, it would be helpful to provide a detailed example of a time in which this has happened and how you handled it. This has been a frequent problem at our school as we are switching to Canvas Instructure. Our school and my grade level have been selected as a pilot for the new Georgia Milestones electronic test. In an effort to prepare our students to take an online test, we have implemented electronic testing via Canvas. Recently, our internet connections have been malfunctioning resulting in students randomly not being able to log on to the school server and take a test. In the event this happens, students take a hard copy of the test.
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