Oh my word! I had a rough night last night. And not because I have a 1 year old who sleeps when and where he wants to sleep – which usually isn’t through the night! It was rough because I made a huge mistake with one of my new products!
I spent the last few nights working on a new Scoot bundle. I put my multiplication and my adjectives scoot games together with 3 new ones I created (a spelling, a social studies, and a money one). I was super excited about this because it’s such a versatile bundle. You can use each game individually with your class (up to 30 kids can play at a time!) and once you’ve played all 5 the “normal” way – you can mix and match pages from each game and create a bunch of new games – ones that will get your kiddos’ brains really hopping around – from math, to spelling, to grammar, to social studies, and back again. So I was really excited about it.
I uploaded the finished product to TpT. Then I remembered that somewhere I heard read that teachers are more inclined to buy something if there’s a preview attached. So, I went back into my original file and created a preview file. Instead of copying and pasting the preview pages into a new document however, I just deleted 40 slides from the original product. But then, I accidentally hit SAVE instead of save AS! So all my hard work… all 40 deleted slides… all 3 of my new games – were gone. And no amount of googling “how to unsave a document on power point” helped me figure it out. This happened around 7:00 last night – and for the rest of the night, I had such a pit in my stomach. What if I found a typo in the unit someday (I always worry about that, no matter how many times I check it!)? What if I wanted to separate out the games into smaller files? What if I just needed the original again???
But THEN! I remembered that I save my files on dropbox so that I can access them from both my laptop and my desktop. So I quickly scurried over to my desktop and tried to open the file before it “synched”. But that’s not possible – it wouldn’t let me open it until it had synched. I thought for sure my file was lost forever. This morning I woke up and was still upset about it. So I tried googling one more time – this time I looked for “how to revert files on dropbox”. And OHMYGOSH – there is a way to do it! In about 2 minutes I had followed the steps and RECOVERED my file! I cannot tell you what a happy moment that was. I don’t think I’ve stopped smiling all day. All those late hours of work… SAVED!
So, the moral to my story – save on dropbox. And if you do, nothing is ever gone for good (unless it’s been more than 30 days I guess… the history apparently clears after that). :)