I came in this morning and found out a teacher was in my office looking for a “cord”. Here is how I found it when I came in. Sadly, I doubt they even found what she was looking for……
Teacher: ” Is email down? I have not been able to get emails for a few days now”
IT Guy: Maybe no one is emailing you.
Teacher: “Everyone else is getting them”
IT Guy: Everyone else is more liked than you.
IT Guy: I’ll be right down.
IT Guy: No, you don’t have to…..
Teacher: See, I click here and…..
IT Guy: I believe you
Teacher: Then this happens
IT Guy: Please stop
Teacher: When I try…..
IT Guy: Why are you still showing me?
Teacher: Let me show you on Ed’s computer
IT Guy: MOVE! IT Guy: You have your messages sorted alphabetically
Teacher: So why can’t I receive new emails
IT Guy: You can….just click here
Teacher: Why weren’t they coming?
IT Guy: They were.
Teacher: Oh, they were hidden
IT Guy: Yep, Microsoft has a notorious reputation for hiding emails. THEY WERE SORTED WRONG! If you look here you will notice every email comes from someone whom’s name begins with an A. It didn’t make your curious all of your emails were from the same person and from 2007
Teacher: Not really. So who did this to my computer?
IT Guy: I assume Chinese Hackers…there always sneaking around schools mis-sorting things. Part of their plan for global cyber domination.
Teacher: Oh, ok. Thanks. In all honesty, I may have said Iranian hackers not Chinese
I think this story is pretty funny. Most rooms in our school have the same brand of DVD players. Apparently a few of the kids figured this out and swiped remotes from other classrooms. When a sub went to show a DVD the kids would let it run for a minute then fast forward it. When the teacher would get up to fix it the kids would let it play. As the teacher would begin to walk away the kids would fast forward it again. This went on for about 20 minutes alternating between the kids fast forwarding the DVD and turning it off entirely. Giving in to a teacher’s natural urge to ask for help the teacher enlisted the help of the two kids with the remotes. Shockingly, they couldn’t pinpoint the issue and the problem persisted until the teacher gave in and granted a free period,
Kids 1 – Teachers 0
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One of my favorite teacher tactics is the email check. An email check is when a teacher sends me an email from there classroom and at about the same time the message arrives in my inbox the teacher arrives in my office to see if I received it. Here’s an example:
Teacher: IT Guy, did you get my email?
IT Guy: No…..wait hold on……hits Send/Receive…….yes, you just sent it. Why did you run down here?
Teacher: I wanted to see if you got it.
IT Guy: Why wouldn’t I get it?
Teacher: I wasn’t sure if I did it right.
IT Guy: What could go wrong? All you have to push is SEND. You’ve done it a thousand times.
Teacher: Yeah, I know
IT Guy: They why do you think this one will magically disappear
Teacher: I don’t know……..anyways did you read it?
IT Guy: Yep
IT Guy: I just responded as we were speaking………..did you get it?
Office worker: You might think this is a dumb question but the fax confirmation sheet says the result is “OK”. Does that mean it went through?
IT Guy: Yes and Yes.