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Q. How do you know when you are more than a fair weather tech-enthusiast?

A. When the most unexpected and potentially havoc-creating tech-mishap occurs and you still LOVE it!

Most people are aware of my love of learning and appreciation for innovation.  I also enjoy experimenting with new technology—not that I am an expert by any means (keep reading for further evidence!).

I recently purchased a new iPhone 5.  Having been an avid Droid user for several years, I was reticent to make the MAC migration.  This week I began noticing that a few of my calendar appointments did not sync over from my old Droid calendar to the new iPhone for whatever reason.  After exploring potential causes (through independent research, Google, trial-and-error, and conversation with my amazing wife, etc.) I contacted our fabulous technology team for assistance.  (They are exemplary.) 

The GOOD news is that all of my syncing issues have been resolved and my calendar is fully cooperating again.  The bad news is that some of my calendar events (also known as very important meetings) were not saved on either device.  This may not seem too terribly troubling…until you consider the fact that “ninety-nine point ten percent” of the time I rely on my calendar/phone to record, remind and recount my meeting schedule.

On a lighter note, a staff member was joking about my iPhone calendar dilemma with me today by holding up her paper desktop calendar and heralding it as ultra-reliable….I laughed and asked if they made belt-clips for that model of calendar.

Technology is a really cool and useful thing, and every once in a while we just need to roll with the punches.  I think the same holds true for our amazing teachers and students; to foster a supportive learning culture, we sometimes need to embrace the notion that mishaps and tech-glitches will occur.  It’s part of the 21st century human experience…and I wouldn’t have it any other way!

Originally posted April 26, 2013

Image Credit: FotoSearch.com

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