Monday, June 1, 2009


I'm always amazed when I find I'm more competent at something than other people. I mean, I find doing certain things so easy and when I have to explain to some people, I'm just floored.

Across from my office is a classroom (one of many in the building) and this one has a teamboard/smartboard installed in it. Projector in ceiling, PC in cabinet, wireless keyboard and mouse, DVD player in cabinet too. To me it's a basic set up, which should be in most classrooms these days. Have used them infrequently and only for basics, but have seen them in use by others and know how to use a PC, so the knowledge is transferable.

And the set up of using the boards is so simple. Once the PC is on and you know where you've got the projector switched on, login and it's done. Again, many find this difficult.

Simple things like logging in; your login goes here, then you go to the next box and enter your password. So many people reach for the mouse to click in the password box, where hitting the tab will move to the password. Same with most PCs. And people use these all the time at work, so though this is simple to me, it's amazing that I find so many staff here don't do as I do.

I've always said that I'm lazy, in that if there is a shortcut to be found and used, I'll be the finder of such short cuts. If it simplifies my life at work, or anywhere really, I'll do it.

I suppose I've been using a PC for years and have been online for most of that time, and the assumption that most others are at that same point as me is in my head. I guess working for me is my happiness in sharing my figured out short cuts. I try to give people a hand wherever I can.

A teacher asked me if I had a key to the cabinet for the board. I did, so I opened it up, then she looked confused, so I guided her through switching on, logging in, and working around the projector.

It's nice to sometimes be the smart one.


Andrew said...

I only learnt about the tab key a year or so ago and I am very pleased I did.

Jayne said...

A couple of grade 4 kids had to show a relief teacher how to get some computer program working....!