Many kids were complaining of frozen screens, apps suddenly quitting, and a painful slowness when using their tablets. The love of the tablet was quickly disappearing, kids weren’t bringing their tablets to school and if they were … they weren’t charged. Frustration levels were at an all time high. It was sad.
Super Marie, as my class likes to call her, suggested that we do a complete wipe of the tablets, and that we ask permission from our district tech guy to use the password-protected network.
Now, if this were a movie, I would enable slow motion and some seriously intense music:
Tech Guru: Affirmative. Bondi class, you’ve got the go ahead. Now fall in line, and I will plug in the 64-number code, one at a time, to each of your tablets! Soon, my budding techies, your problems will be a thing of the past.
A line of students quickly form a line behind Tech Guru. Panic and excitement are palpable.
Students: “What if Tech Guru’s fingers get tired and he stops the job right before he gets to mine?” “Will my tablet work again?”
Tech Guru: Hush! I can’t think with all this chatter. I need complete silence.
64 numbers later, Tech Guru finishes one tablet.
Tech Guru: Okay, let’s test this baby! Let’s connect to the super-secret-super-speedy network.
A student selects the network … it connects … and the students cheer! Tears spring to some of their eyes. Will their tablets work for them again? Yes, they will. Life will be very different now, thanks to the super-network and thanks to Marie’s quick thinking.
Students: Thank you Tech Guru and Super Marie, thank you!
Ha! Okay, so it pretty much did happen that way … with a few lost apps and needing to set up email accounts again. But, a small price to pay for a renewed sense tablet awesomeness.
Now, like in any good Hollywood movie, the kids are bringing their tablets to school and charged! We’re back in business!