for my next trick, i'll show them ctrl-alt-delete

Every Tuesday we have a grade level planning meeting after school. I work with the first grade teachers, who are all lovely dears and a whole lot of fun to work with. Their computer skills, however? Not so up-to-date.

So I was showing them how to create a mock district math benchmark test on the computer. A sample test question may have two boxes - some with bunnies, some with dogs, and then they'll ask you to bubble in which box has a greater number of animals. So I was doing a lot of formatting to get clipart into text boxes and such things as my colleagues looked on.

I didn't realize just how little they knew about computer stuff until they got ALL EXCITED when I inserted a page break to create another new page ("You mean you can just start a new page whenever you want to?"). And they almost threw a celebration when I showed them Ctrl+A to highlight an entire document!


Who knew it would take so little to make me look so good?

6 comments:

Elissa said...

Oh you just made my morning. Yeah I almost got a hug from someone in our office when I showed them how to right click. Cut and paste was a hit also.

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

Holy crap! I didn't know that! I bet you could show me a thing or two, and I don't exactly have age as an excuse for my ignorance.

Kenzie said...

Yay for you! You are one impressive lady!

Sarah Garb said...

That's great :) Teaching someone those tricks is maximum bang for your buck. Glad you've got them whizzing around on the ole computer!

Sherri said...

So, you get to look like a total hero! How cool is that! I cracked up reading this, because we have a slew of older 1st grade teachers who are NOT tech-savy...and a slew of younger teachers bringing them kicking and screaming into the new era!

Charlotte said...

My husband still asks me how I select huge areas with just a click. If Ctrl-C blows his mind, I think I better resist showing him Ctrl-V. I always love the teachers who know how to use the computer. Makes my life much easier to communicate with them through the cyberworld than putting notes in the kids' backpacks. Send the homework notifications online? Even better.

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