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    Bang Goes Their Education

    | Brazil | Extra Stupid, Students, Teachers, Technology

    (We are in the electronics lab.)

    Teacher: “This is how you use an ammeter to measure the current in a circuit. You should NOT connect an ammeter directly to the power supply, as you’re going to blow up stuff.”

    (Suddenly, a loud bang is heard.)

    Teacher: “[Student]! What did you do?”

    Student: “I connected the ammeter to the power supply and turned it on… I wanted to see how powerful it was.”

    Teacher: “[Student], go home. You have failed this class.”

    Has No Street Smarts

    | Bay Area, CA, USA | Teachers, Technology

    (A former classmate organized a reunion dinner for those who took Japanese class in high school. The teacher, who is near retirement age and a bit slow at technology, gets lost on the way, and we spend over an hour giving her directions by phone. By the time she arrives, everyone has finished eating and the restaurant is closing.)

    Classmate #1: “I’m so sorry, Sensei! I should’ve picked somewhere closer!”

    Teacher: “No, I’m sorry for being late. I tried to follow your directions, but the street names were confusing.”

    Classmate #2: “What kind of phone do you have? Maybe next time you can use the GPS on your phone. Let me see.”

    (The teacher shows him her iPhone.)

    Classmate #2: “See! You do have a smartphone!”

    Teacher: “Yes. But I am not smart, so I don’t know how to use this one.”

    Can’t Follow The Paper Trail

    | CA, USA | Extra Stupid, Students, Technology

    (I work as a lab supervisor in a small private college. My lab has about 80 computers split into four rooms sharing two printers. Many students there are very computer-challenged.)

    Student: ”My paper didn’t print.”

    Me: ”Which printer?”

    (The student names the printer so I direct her to the room its in. Thirty seconds later the student returns.)

    Student: ”It’s not there. The printer says it’s out of paper but I don’t think that’s the problem.”

    Me: ”Let’s take some paper just in case.”

    (It was out of paper.)

    So No No

    | Grand Rapids, MI, USA | Language & Words, Students, Technology

    (I am a lab assistant in our computer lab. I am telling another assistant that the majority of student questions can be answered with just ‘Yo,’ ‘Oh,’ ‘So,’ and ‘No.’ My friend laughs and is just about to tell me I am full of it when a student walks up to me:)

    Student: ”Excuse me.”

    Me: ”Yo!”

    Student: ”I’m working on this program for the intro class.”

    Me: ”Oh?”

    Student: ”I have the program ask for a number from the user.”

    Me: ”So?”

    Student: ”Can the person type the word for a number instead of the numbers?”

    Me: ”No.”

    Student: ”Okay, thanks.”

    (I smiled at my friend who was laughing and speechless.)

    Selfies Have Infiltrated The Curriculum

    | Northern Ireland, UK | Teachers, Technology

    (I am a secondary school student doing my work experience at a local primary school. All of the students have just been on a walk around the town, taking pictures for a project. All of the pupils have iPads, which they are using to make individual PowerPoint presentations.)

    Teacher: “All right, class, since it’s five minutes ’till lunch time, turn off your iPads for now and go plug them in.”

    Pupil #1: “My name isn’t on it.”

    Pupil #2: “How will we know which one’s ours?”

    (The teacher thinks for a moment.)

    Teacher: “So that you know which one was yours remember the colour of the cover… and take a selfie.”

    (I, as well as a few pupils, can’t help but giggle at his deadpan delivery.)


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