A normal hurdle in our connected lives is home Internet service. For the last three days our Internet has been down. And life has been different.
First, we have been spending more time together in the living room. The older kids still had their mobile devices, but mostly to listen to music or to read. My oldest daughter has been spending time working on her first graphic novel, the boys have been taking turns holding their new sister, and the two other girls have been running sprints to the front door.
Mom and dad have been intertwined into the activities. I am the official starter for the sprints. The girls line up next to me and I say, “Go, Go, Go!” Mom will make sure the boys hold their sister’s head right. And we all check the newest panel in our daughter’s project.
The disconnect has allowed us a chance to reconnect during this busy time.
But being disconnected has its drawbacks.
First semester is the time I teach the Eng. 101 class. The students use Moodle to turn in everything. In the best circumstances, I am always just a little behind in grading. The students write almost everyday. I am now days behind in just that class. I have work to do to just get caught up.
My other classes use Schoology, and I have kept up through the app on my phone.
But when the rest of our world stays connected, we have a digital mountain to climb when we reconnect with them. We have emails to read and respond to, tweets and status updates to respond to, and for teachers, piles of digital papers to grade.
We might have come to the point that we cannot function well without being connected. And that idea is for another blog.
A technician is headed to our house this morning to fix the problem. And I will be back to grading papers late into the night. And tweeting during my breaks, of course.