More Final Exam Fun

Here is a story that happened today during teacher checkout.  In our grading system you have to name to your final exam FINAL, in all caps, for it to be recognized by the system.  I don’t feel this is too much ask but apparently I am mistaken.  I think it is important to note that we have had this particular grading program for 5 years now and have discussed the misnaming of the Final Exam in depth.  Incredibly, it has little to no effect.

Teacher: How come my Final exams did not show up on my grade verification sheets?

IT Guy: Did you name the Final Exam column “FINAL”

Teacher: Yep, I did them all the same and it showed up on my other classes.

IT Guy: Fine, I’ll look………………here is the problem.  Despite you adamently defending the fact that you put FINAL in all your columns this one clearly says EXAM.  Why did you decide to do one different than the other?

Teacher:  I don’t think I did.  Not sure how that happened.

IT Guy: Incredible. 

Teacher: Do you want me to redo it?

IT Guy: No, I want to do all your grades myself because you haven’t learned how this program works in the HALF A DECADE we have used it.

The case of the crazy pop ups

Phone call….

Teacher: “IT Guy, whenever I try to send an email all kinds of weird things pop-up”

IT Guy: “I don’t know what that means”

Teacher: “Just stuff, things pop-up……on the screen. Ya know what I’m saying”

IT Guy: “No, I haven’t a clue”

Teacher: “Oh wait, I think I got it.  I’ll call you back if there are any more problems.

IT Guy: “Ok, good luck sending your email”

Phone Call 2….

Teacher: “Hi IT Guy, it’s me again”

IT Guy: “I can read”

Teacher: “Those things are popping up again…..can you come look?”

IT Guy: “I’d love too.”


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!”


Invalid Date

Teacher: I’ve been trying for the last 15 minutes to get Microsoft Access to accept a date and it won’t do it. 

IT Guy: What is the error message?

Teacher: It says “Invalid Date”

IT Guy: Are you using a valid date?

Teacher:  Of course, I checked it 10 times to be sure.  I am typing the exact date I was given by the student. There must be something wrong with the program.

IT Guy: Ok, I’ll come look

Walks down to teacher lounge….

IT Guy: I think the problem is that you made up a date that doesn’t exist.  February 31st is not a real date.  It never has or for that matter ever will be.

Teacher: Oh!  I was just making up dates.

IT Guy: Yes you were.   I thought you were inputting the exact date from a sheet?

Teacher:  No, I just made it up.

IT Guy: yeah…….good job with that.

Printer Doesn’t Work

Teacher: “IT Guy, the printer you just installed doesn’t work….what’s wrong?”

IT Guy: “Did you put paper in it?”

Teacher: “Oh, no……I didn’t think of that”

IT Guy: “Of course you didn’t…….why would you when you can run over here and tell me.