COVID Update: The Machines are Working But …

March 31, 2020

The machines are working, but sometimes we just need a little humanity!

Over the past two weeks, our world has changed significantly. Like almost all North American schools (and many around the world), we’ve had to switch the way we teach and learn due to the Covid-19 pandemic. That means significant increa

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ses in the use of technology, and in demand for support around those technologies.

As we’ve previously documented, the number of people using Microsoft Teams and Team Video Meetings (among other video-conferencing tools) has rapidly increased. That includes our team here in ACT. It has allowed each of us to remain connected, responsive and productive, while also doing our part to reduce the covid spread, in our communities, and at our office.

I’m glad the technology is working out, but as much as things have changed, many things remain the same, and in a functioning, happy workplace, that means maintaining the human touch.

Today we took a break from the work, and had a magic workshop. Magicians Jonah and Ben from the Toronto Magic Company joined us online by video, to show us a few magic tricks (including an interactive card trick for those with a deck of cards at home), and even taught us how to do a trick we could use on our families and friends.

It’s not the same as being with people in person, but it was a little touch of humanity.

Photo courtesy of CIO Bo Wandschneider via Twitter: