This is a document I created, called "Inevitbale Computer Issues", to help teachers setup their computers when they first come back to school. It almost got me fired.
Often teachers drop garbage off at my office….usually when I am taking a dump…….and pretend they are doing me a favor. In actuality, they are just cleaning excess trash out of their classrooms and my office just happens to be closer than the dumpsters. Additionally, anything with a plug is considered to be technology, for example, a toaster. Here is a piece of garbage I found at my door one morning.
I still have no clue what that thing was……now it’s trash.
Teacher: I’ve been trying for the last 15 minutes to get Microsoft Access to accept a date and it won’t do it.
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, 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.