THE DIGITAL CLASSROOM — Do you remember being in elementary school when your teacher had to leave the room for a few minutes? It was an exciting and anxiety-inducing time.
You felt like you had the freedom to do whatever you wanted. You could talk to your friend across the room, get up and walk around the class, or even slip off your shoes. But you also had anxiety worrying that the teacher may return at any moment. The teacher could catch you out of your seat or throwing your paper airplane.
But that was then, back when the most sophisticated piece of equipment you had was a protractor and you didn't even know how to use it correctly. Now kids are using tablets in school and are even holding class online via Zoom.
So what happens when the teacher leaves the Zoom class? The exact same thing that happened when the teacher left the real classroom.
During a recording Zoom class, a second-grade teacher dropped off the call and the kids had to figure out what to do. What ensued was the most second-grade thing ever.
The kids are confused at first and start speculating what happened, and then one observant student noticed the meeting was being recorded. She implores her classmates to behave so they didn't get in trouble. Most of the students agree, but one makes sure to mention that the principal doesn't even have their phone numbers. Then another student says they better behave or they would be "toast."
What comes after that? A discussion about toast, what pairs well with toast, how one would like to consume toast, and so on and so forth. It's really the greatest conversation of all time.
My guess is the teacher and the principal were both happy with the way the kids behaved and, thankfully, we now get to enjoy the teacher's absence as well.