A Bad Title

The nice thing about writing and scheduling blog posts is that you can write any time of the day inspiration hits you.  You also have from that point until the time it goes live to revise and change it.  Sometimes, it even gets proofread (Sheila, Lisa…).  In theory, when my posts are live, I could go in and edit any mistakes.  However, far more people have it delivered by email than read it on the site.  So, it pretty much needs to be as perfect as I can make it before the posting timeline.

This morning, Jaimie my dog and I were out for our morning walk and I got notification on my phone of a reply to yesterday’s post “When Technology Fails” from Lisa Noble.  I read the reply to Jaimie, my ghost writer, and we discussed the content.  (Hey, it supposedly worked for William Lyon MacKenzie King)

One thing that came up in our discussion was the title of the post.  It wasn’t accurate for the content of the post and could have been better.  However, since the post had gone out, it wouldn’t be right to change it after the fact.  I think it’s very clear though, that the technology didn’t fail.  In fact, the internet, wireless, and devices all worked well and that generated the problem in the original article.

Instead, I should have chosen a better title for my post.  Some ideas…

  • Failure in BYOD;
  • When BYOD Fails;
  • When Lessons Aren’t Engaging;
  • If You’re Not Using It, Turn It Off;
  • The Importance of Planning in the BYOD Classroom;
  • The Importance of Professional Learning in the BYOD Classroom;
  • In The BYOD Classroom, It IS About the Technology Too;
  • Plan To Engage;

The list could be limitless and would a better description.

As Jaimie noted, if he had opposable thumbs, he could have made the change for me.

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4 thoughts on “A Bad Title

  1. How about “When professors wilfully ignore the problems in their teaching by blaming student devices”? 🙂


    1. …and sometimes a title is “good”, or at least it draws a lot of views. For some reason “A Sample Proof Using Mathematical Induction (playing with LaTeX)” is very popular. I will assume people are interested in typesetting and induction, and I’ll ignore other possibilities.


  2. I read yesterday’s post without thinking about the title much at all 🙂 It probably got my attention though. I must try to find a way to run by the edits with Jaimie ahead as well…haha.

    This post had a good title, by the way.


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