If You’ve Got the Power to Back it Up…
I’ve said it for years: technology is bad news. People have been pushing for interactive whiteboards and teaching screens and whatever else. I say there’s nothing wrong with a blackboard, a piece of chalk and some workbooks, because notably they can’t fail.
Now when there’s a school-wide power cut, everything is down, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it. Oops, there go all the interactive whiteboards. There go the lesson plans on people’s laptops and tablets. Well, at least those stick around until the battery runs out. See, I’d be a lot more accepting of all this if there were proper failsafes in place. If the school budget could extend to some commercial energy storage, then I’d sleep slightly easier. Then if the power went down, we’d at least perhaps have a bit of a backup. When the base your entire education system around technology that needs electricity, then I’m afraid you have to live with the consequences. And the consequences are things going dark in the middle of a lesson, but they can be mitigated if you just have some backup power. It’s not too much to ask, considering that we’re talking about educating children for the future.
Not that we get a massive amount of power cuts or anything, but there ARE those times when the technology just doesn’t work. What am I supposed to in the minutes it takes for the IT technicians to come running? Twiddle my thumbs, or perhaps play some old-fashioned singing games?
I’m bringing it up at the next staff meeting that we need to look into energy storage solutions, and fast. I might be known as the old fellow who hates technology, but I know the basics, and electricity doesn’t run on prayers. I’ll even use the computer myself to look up industrial energy storage solutions. Don’t you even think that I won’t.