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.”

Arrival…….

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!”

 

Technological Relic

TEACHER: IT Guy, here ya go.
IT GUY: What is that?
TEACHER: It’s an old overhead projector I found in my closet
IT GUY: I don’t want that
TEACHER: Why not?
IT GUY: What the hell am I going to do with it?
TEACHER: This is the IT Office, right?
IT GUY: That is correct. It is NOT a museum. Please take your archaic relic to the nearest museum or, perhaps a better solution, a dumpster
TEACHER: It still works
IT GUY: So do 8-Track players but we finally stopped you from using those last year.
TEACHER: So, can I leave it here?
IT GUY: NO!

Lunch Time Door Game

I believe that teachers absolutely can not stand the sight of a closed door.  I’m not sure if they feel like they can go anywhere they want because they are a teacher or if it’s a genuine sickness but I have learned to enjoy the phenomenom.  My favorite is when I don’t answer the knocks, a teacher busts in the door and when I ask them if they need help they say “no, I’m all set”. These instances led me to create the Lunch Time Door Game.

Rules:

  1. Close the door to your office – preferably while eating lunch
  2. Do not answer any knocks
  3. See how many people open the door despite not being invited

Scoring:
Points are awarded based on the reason for entry and how many knocks.

  1. Legit IT emergency – No points becaue you are being a jerk
  2. Copy Machine issue – 5 points
  3. Petty IT issue – 7 points
  4. Anything that could wait till next week – 10 points
  5. No reason to open door – the golden goose of the Lunch Time Door Game – 25 points

Knock bonus points::
Add one point for each knock before entering

 

My best day was 3 entries:

  • 1 Copy Machine issue (5 points)
  • 1 Petty IT Issue ( 7 points)
  • A No Reason! ( 25 points)

The copy machine and petty IT issue were 0 knocks but the No Reason was 4 knocks!

High Score: 41 points.

 

“MY” Gradebook

Teacher: IT Guy, my grade verifcation sheet has different grades the what are in my gradebook

IT Guy: How is that possible?  Those grades come from your online gradebook

Teacher: Must be some magic

IT Guy: Yeah, that’s it.  Magic……let’s pull it up and check

Teacher: Ok

IT Guy: Which grade is dfferent?

Teacher: This kid has an “A” in my book

IT Guy:It says “B” in your online grabebook

Teacher: Not in mine

IT Guy: THIS IS YOURS’!

Teacher: Not on my computer

IT Guy: ITS THE SAME BOOK, it is web based software

Teacher: Yeah, but mine is different

IT Guy: THERE IS ONLY ONE!  I AM LOGGING INTO YOURS

Teacher: But it is different……..

IT Guy: Why are you not understanding this???  There is only one online gradebook and this is it

Teacher: Let me get out my book and show you

IT Guy:What does your paper gradebook have to do with this?

Teacher:I I’ll show you I have an A

IT Guy: Your paper gradebook is in no way WHATSOEVER linked to the internet, your online grading program and perhaps your brain.

Teacher: But I have an A

IT Guy: This is the dumbest converstation I have ever had.

Email List in “the Computer”

Teacher: I have this list of emails I wrote down.  How can I get them in the computer?

IT Guy: You could type them.

Teacher: I don’t want to do that…..is there anyway else?

IT Guy: No, nothing that would be faster

Teacher: I thought computers could do that?

IT Guy: You might be thinking of magic wands.  They can do that.

Teacher: So, I have to type them.

IT Guy: Or call them on the phone…..your choice.

Teacher: Fine.