Friday, May 21, 2021

Worst Case Scenario

Friday, fourth period. The principal came over the loudspeaker to inform us that some students had been deleted from their Google Classroom accounts, that the school was aware of the problem, that the issue was school-based, and that they were working on it. 

I had no issues in fourth period.

Then sixth period arrived... 

I have four in-person students. Three had lost their Google Classroom accounts.

Uh oh... 

The class has a total of 31 students. I may have one absence, generally. Most of the time, they're all present. This day, I had 17 in the Google Meet. 

Throughout the period, students "left the meet", or at least that's the message I got from my end. But I got messages in the chat telling me that the student who just left had been kicked out of the meet and couldn't log back in. (They know each other, so I assume they texted each other to let me know.) 

Considering the situation and how they usually behave, I figured that everyone who "left" the meet was booted from it and then found they no longer had access to their Google account. 

Ah, the joys of technology. 

The boys in class? Well, three of them couldn't access their accounts, so they obviously couldn't do the assignment. At which point, they switched from "advanced student mode" (read: well-behaved) to "eighth grade boy mode" (read: not so well-behaved). The boy who could access his computer used the time to play Tetris.

Sigh.

Hopefully they'll get things fixed by Monday. It'll be really awkward if I have no work for them to do. (All the work is online. I could scramble for the students in class, but what do I do with the kiddos still schooling from home?)

17 comments:

  1. I hope that everything is functioning properly soon. It must be frustrating for you and your students.

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    1. Oh man, it's been a week! (They've been working on the issue all week, and we're finally restored? I think. Maybe.)

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  2. The "eighth grade boy mode" phrase is an apt description. LOL I hope these issues get resolved.

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    1. At least next week's blog posts will be kind of interesting. I hope. Catastrophes are much more interesting than when things go smoothly.

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    2. I do enjoy reading about inspired and gifted students, though. :) That's always heartening.

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    3. I almost wrote a post for this coming week about the students being happy with a work day. But then something more interesting came along.

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  3. Hopefully it will be fixed soon!

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  4. When technology becomes a hindrance to learning... :(

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  5. They're being kicked out of their accounts because of a school issue... that is such a school-thing to happen. Next they'll give them zeroes for not being there.

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    1. Because they acted just like I'd expect 8th grade boys to act. I have way too much experience with that.

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  7. I got booted from Google classrooms this week as well (at least, the parent access bit which means I receive a weekly email summarising what was or wasn't done). No issues for the Barbarians though.

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  8. Hi Liz ... sounds like it's fixed, let's hope for Monday - enjoy the weekend - cheers Hilary

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  9. I hope so that is fixed. It is really strange have kids in school and home and be in situation when technology stop working.

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    1. Not so much strange as to be expected, and I'm rather amazed we made it this long without a major catastophe.

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  10. Another technical difficulty, hopefully the end of the year is coming ;)

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