The scene: After trying to get online for 5 minutes a student realizes the machine is unplugged from the network. The student then hands the unplugged end of the network cord to the teacher. After examining it for 30 seconds or so the teacher shouts across the room."Hey IT Guy, do you think this has something to do with the problem"
This is not actually a teacher story but it is from a school. A secretary shared this parent interaction with me this morning.
Parent: Hi, Secretary my son is sending me texts from the bathroom.
Secretary: Ok, what do you want me to do? Take his phone away?
Parent: Well, no……he has diarhea.
Secretary: Ok……..that is too bad. What would you like me to do?
Parent: I would like you to tell him to come home.
Secretary: I can’t go in the boys bathroom.
Parent: Oh yeah, I will text him and tell him to come see you
Secretary: Ok, please ask him to wash his hands. Thanks.
Teacher: “IT Guy, whenever I try to send an email all kinds of weird things pop-up”
Teacher: “Oh, hi” IT Guy: “Why are you surprised? You invited me down here” Teacher: “Oh yeah! Here watch……begins typing email to xxxxx@gmail – as she types the first three letters “things” start popping up:
1. screen refreshes
2. bookmarks appear on left side of screen
3. print option box appears See IT Guy! What is the issue? IT Guy: “To be honest I have never seen anything like this before but my best guess is that perhaps the GIANT binder you have placed on your keyboard is perhaps holding down the “Ctrl” key along with most of the alphabet. Teacher: Oh, that’s it! You are so smart IT Guy! IT Guy: “hahaha….yeah……you’re not. Try not to burn the building down when you attach your document to the email. Bye!”
Teacher: IT Guy, I really need your help. I’m freaking out.
IT Guy: What’s the matter?
Teacher: A kid did something to my computer and now it won’t turn on.
IT Guy: Oh Yeah
Teacher: I don’t need any of your smart talk. I tried to fix it and there is something seriously wrong. Can you come down here and not make any rude remarks?
IT Guy: I guess I can try.
(arrive 12.8 seconds later)
IT Guy: Despite the deviant kids best efforts I think I have restored your computer.
Teacher: What did you do?
IT Guy: I pushed the power button on the monitor
Teacher: Are your serious? You are going to put this on your blog aren’t you?
IT Guy: As soon as I get back to my office.
At our school, a students 2nd semester grade is a concoction of their 3rd qtr, 4th qtr, and Final Exam grades weighted 40, 40, 20 respectively. Pretty straightforward I thought.
Sister : IT Guy, I can’t change my weighting.
IT Guy: Did you click the “Change” button?
Sister: No, should I try it?
IT Guy: yep, let’s give it a go
Sister: It didn’t work
IT Guy: What do you mean it didn’t work? Was there an error message?
Sister: Yeah, do you want me to read it?
IT Guy: No, thanks……I can see it through the phone
Sister: Oh, ok………………….it says “invalid, expected integer”
IT Guy: Did you put a number in the box?
IT Guy: I think I’ll come down for this one
IT Guy: I don’t know, Sister. It’s truly a mystery.