Thursday, March 1, 2018

Expect the Unexpected: Slice of Life Day 1

Being an instructional technology coach comes with certain and unmentioned expectations. For example, when I walk into a classroom, teachers expect me to know more about technology than they than they do. This is rarely the case. They expect I will be able to help students learn about apps. In actuality, the students teach me. Teachers expect I won't have any technical issues. I have tech issues a hundred times a day! Teachers absolutely didn't expect what I did today, and neither did I! 

It was a typical reading workshop. I watched as readers snapped pictures of their books to create a BookSnaps. I listened as readers launched debates about the most important part of the story. I chuckled as book characters were considered and brought to life in Chatterpix. Just a fun reading workshop in second grade. 



Suddenly, there was an awful sound. I turned and locked eyes with two innocent and confused girls. I immediately said, "Turn down your volume please." The girls looked at me wide-eyed and turned their innocent iPad screens to me. 

That's when I realized the noise was coming from MY ARM! Yes, my arm! Somehow I had hit the 911 alert on my Apple watch! I hit cancel and walked quietly to the classroom teacher and said, "Please call the office and tell them I accidentally called 911." As the office laughed and asked WHO it was that made such a massive blunder my watch began to ring! It was indeed the 911 operator who wanted to ensure we were safe and not in need of assistance! 

All day long teachers and the principal chuckled at the instructional technology coach who accidentally called 911!

9 comments:

Shari Daniels said...

Oh good heavens!! This would be a perfect little nugget to include in your professional development about how we don't claim to live up to our title! Too funny! :-)

Joanne said...

Oh dear! Sounds like something that would happen to me. Sorry to have technology take over for you!
Glad people were understanding about it.

glenda funk said...

I used to have those expectations of instructional technology coaches, but I've learned to troubleshoot problems better. Your post has convinced me never to buy an Apple watch. I can see myself making the same error repeatedly because I'm a klutz and bang into desks, chairs, doors, and walls constantly.

make.share.give said...

Totally something I would do :) Thankful everyone was understanding.

confessionsofarealteacher said...

Oh no! I would be so embarrassed. Sounds like you handled it well though. They should make that button harder to push! Thanks for the laugh.

Mrs. Loboda said...

Glad that you can laugh that off! I'm sure those girls in the classroom won't forget today's lesson any time soon.

Kendra said...

Oh Dear! So glad everyone is okay! They really should make those buttons harder to push.

Carol said...

This story made me laugh out loud I'm not a tech coach, but these are the kinds of things I regularly do! Last week I leaned against a classroom phone while I was trying to help a kid count quarters for his book order and somehow managed to set off the school emergency alarm!

Stacey said...

Oh my gosh, Deb! That's hysterical! Thanks for the chuckle this morning!