The Next Page Entry 6: Techno-wimp no more!

Question: What mixes worse than oil and water?

Answer: Joanna Page and technology.

It’s as if every device in my classroom over the years, every cable that connects those devices—they all conspire against me.

And whenever they’re in the mood to disconnect or—even if they stay connected—to simply not work, well, they don’t!

Just when I’m ready to share a PowerPoint that worked for me at home [note: I found it online. I gave up on making my own years ago.], the projector won’t work. And I end up doing a shadow puppet rendition of a frantic tech-challenged teacher.

It’s as if tech senses my fear and it toys with my few remaining shreds of sanity. 

“So, yes, Doctor, I do sound more than a little paranoid, don’t I?”

But sometimes, there’s nothing like a good ol’ delusion to get me through the day…

Well, this whole tech thing has to change…

So, why technology?

1. It’s about time. It’s long past time. 

2. What do I have to lose? It’s looking more and more like I’ll be seeking new frontiers next year. Sometimes I feel it in the pit of my stomach on those rare occasions when I’ve walked into the staff room. And sometimes, it’s the deafening silence coming from Mrs. Nix. It’s not as if we ever really flowed anyway, but now, there is this extra layer of rigidity. Shrug.

3. Kids will love it. 

4. I’ve been a technoweenie too long. [See #1]

5. The only person who’s more stultified by tech? Mrs. Nix. Therefore, I have to admit, I’m kind of looking forward to seeing the glazed-over look on her face when I launch into any explanation that includes the words ‘digital’, ‘bandwidth’, and ‘cloud’. Keeping in mind I have to get to a point where I’m comfortable with those same terms. Baby steps, Joanna, baby steps. 

 

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