I love technology, but sometimes it can be so frustrating!  I spent hours creating some beautiful charts and graphs in a PowerPoint presentation to share at the TICAL Advisory meeting today.  I uploaded the file ahead of time to Adobe Connect.  My turn on the agenda came and I launched my presentation, all set to proudly show my creation.  Instead of pride I got chagrin.  None of the graphs showed up.  I shared a series of slides blank but for a title at the top, adding a verbal description of what my audience "should be seeing."

At least I was not alone in my consternation.  A few minutes later my colleague Jason tried to share a video with us.  We got a wobbly, blurry picture and the audio sounded like bubbles underwater.

Of course, neither of our experiences matched that of the American Institutes of Research when their system malfunctioned, which left thousands of Minnesota students unable to take their state math assessments.  That goes beyond chagrin.  It's more like mortification—or perhaps decapitation, as I suspect "heads will roll."

Big fat nothing of a line graph.

Interesting that the circle I added to highlight the 2013 number does appear.  Go figure.

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