IT Guy: I am pretty busy. Can’t you do it?
Teacher: I don’t know how
IT Guy: Do you know how to plug in your toaster?
IT Guy: then I think you can handle this
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.
IT : phone rings* IT this is….College staff: Someone deleted my trash folder in my email IT: Yes trashed gets purged every 30days College staff: But I store my files in there ?!
Another example of a teacher deploying the Power of Need:
Teacher: Do you know if the summer school gradebooks and class pages will be available soon?
IT Guy: I can’t upload those until the schedule for next year is complete. I will send them out as soon as I can.
Teacher: When will that be?
IT Guy: Not sure. Ask the schedule person.
Teacher: Ok. But I really NEED to work on those class pages
IT Guy: Gotcha. Ask the scheduling person. I can’t do it till they are finished.
Teacher: Ok. But do you think the schedule will be done soon.
IT Guy: I have no idea. Ask the scheduling person.
Teacher: I will but I just really NEED to get a head start. Let me tell you why….
IT Guy: No. Don’t tell me why….it is entirely moot. I can not do anything until the schedule is done. The amount of NEED is entirely irrelevant. We have gone over this three times.
Teacher: But you don’t understand. Let me tell you why I NEED them.
IT Guy: NO! It has no bearing on you getting them. At this moment the options are not having classes next year or you having your stupid class pages three weeks in advance so you can add ridiculous animated pictures of Einstein blowing himself up. Essentially, we would destroy our school to save you the 2.4 minutes it takes to add those stupid animations. Try medication instead.
Teacher submitted Story:While I empathize with the trials of an IT support person to handle the idiocies of faculty from the other side of the digital divide, I must say it is not just teachers who posses the unique power to test the patience of those of us who happen to know where the power button is located. Without further ado, my best “I fear for the future” stories:
1. Student: “Why do we have to double space? It looks hella bad.”
Me: Why are you putting two spaces between each word?
2. Student: (very seriously)what kind of car did Shakespeare drive? (she was 15)
3. Student: My links in PowerPoint won’t click.
Me: Did you remember to press -enter- after?
4. Upon working in a classroom next to a cell phone jammer, the kids freaked out:
Kid: (bangs cell phone against desk)
Other kid:is this a terrorist attack.
So teachers+ kids= 🙁
……and the teachers are on the board.
Students 2 – Teachers-1