The kids looked up at the ceiling-mounted projector.
“The light’s red.”
“Is it supposed to make that noise?”
“I think it’s dead.”
Great, I thought. Just what I need.
This was a new one. I’ve had filter cleaning reminders, other teachers logged in on my projector showing their class notes to my classes, weird color problems (like the one I’m still trying to fix*) and bulbs that just sort of popped and turned off like my lamps do at home at the least opportune times.
This looked like one of those “least opportune times” to me. And I didn’t even quite know what happened except that it wasn’t working anymore.
So it’s a Tuesday morning. First period. I have five classes to teach today that could benefit from seeing what I had prepared for them on my computer. I can think quickly and make it work though. There’s always a Plan B. The low-tech option. The just-in-case option.
Today was one of those days.
I put my quick message in to the help desk and went on my way. Classes to teach and miles to go before I sleep and all that jazz. With or without the contraption hanging lifelessly from my ceiling, fan groaning instead of buzzing, a new orange light blinking.
The bell rings for dismissal at 2:35 and Nate, our IT guy, shows up with a little box and a ladder. He’s going to try changing the bulb, but has a purchase order ready Just. In. Case.
My heart starts to race.
I made plans with authors to Skype in next Tuesday. I set everything up in my room for that. Will I even have a projector for the kids to be able to see the authors they are talking to?
“Maybe we’ll have to move you to another room. No big deal. Let’s see what happens here. We might not need to order a new projector at all. And if we have to, we might be able to get it before then.”
I think I held my breath as he connected all the wires back up and held it as he turned it on.
The screen lit up.
Crisis avoided today.