The Teacher and the iPad

12 Mar

Once upon a time there was an ordinary teacher. She wasn’t especially good at technology, but she wasn’t particularly bad. She was just right.

When Fall came, her vintage document camera – circa 1998 – died. She knew this day was coming and had feared it. Her avoidance did nothing to stop the devices inevitable demise. Fortunately, she had always been kind to the tech person, who found an iPad with a stand to replace her old machine.

Life returned to normal. The teacher learned to manage her new tool. She recharged it regularly. She learned to project landscape. She made the most of her new tool. But one thing perplexed her: Why was there a single port to attach the projector and the power cord? Without an answer to the question she carried on.

One day, the Monday after returning to Daylight Savings Time, the unthinkable happened: she was modeling writing for her students and the iPad died. Being a “just right at technology teacher” she rigged something that functioned satisfactorily. Suddenly, she heard a little voice.

“Oh Great Teacher,” the voice called, “Why don’t you just plug the power cord into the other port on the dongle?”

“Pardon, me?” she replied courteously, but authoritatively, “I don’t think it has a second port.”

“I think it might,” said the small voice, humbly but authoritatively.

The teacher, knowing her pupils to be digital natives looked at the dongle, which did indeed have a second port. The teacher plugged the power cord into the second port, recharged the iPad, and carried on, a little more wisdom in her salt & pepper head.

And she taught happily ever after.

8 Responses to “The Teacher and the iPad”

  1. arjeha March 12, 2019 at 8:00 am #

    Love the format. Yes,when there are technology issues seek a little voice for assistance.

  2. Grace Hilsmier (@GraceHilsmier) March 12, 2019 at 9:51 am #

    I love how you styled this! So endearing. What a brave student, too, to speak up (and good for you for fostering the kind of environment where they can correct you without fear). You really conveyed that kid well. I am projecting the face of a few of my own students onto them.

  3. jennieb March 12, 2019 at 10:23 am #

    I love how you wrote it as a fairy tale. Those pupils, they always know…

  4. jumpofffindwings March 12, 2019 at 1:59 pm #

    I hope the happily-ever-after continues, but knowing technology and me, there will be other moments of enlightenment!

  5. Lisa Corbett March 12, 2019 at 2:50 pm #

    Haha! I’m the same way about tech. And I probably wouldn’t figured out that there were two ports in the thingy either. 🙂

  6. terierrol March 12, 2019 at 4:00 pm #

    Too funny! Love this voice and know the frustration with technology also. Here’s to happily ever after.

  7. khays41 March 12, 2019 at 6:04 pm #

    Wonderful voice! I felt like I was in the room with you–and thankful that those little humans have so much expertise to share!

  8. Brian Rozinsky March 12, 2019 at 7:09 pm #

    Third-person POV with fairy-tale styling turns this story into something especially well crafted.

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