I’ve been using tech for a long time. Commodore 64 anyone? I remember not being able to print an essay in the 1980’s (totally dating myself!) and trying to hand the prof a 133mm floppy disk. Needless to say, he wouldn’t accept it and looked at me as if I had two heads.
Over my career in education, I’ve received tons of great tech advice. Whether it was learning how to use a word processor or our very first district intranet message system, someone has always been there to help. Now I rely on some truly gifted amateurs in our district to help me figure out how to leverage Google Docs or make my blog look better.
I really can’t remember any actively bad advice. I wish I had a crazy anecdote to share that would shock you or make you laugh. What strikes me most is how many people didn’t get what I was doing through the years. You’re taking the kids to the lab to do what? You’re using Drop-what? You’re participating in a Twitter chat? You have a blog? What??
Just like that professor, they gave me puzzled looks and then just, well, ignored it.
I’m still trying to figure out why sometimes people ignore what they don’t understand. It could be a fear of looking stupid – what Steven Katz calls the Imposter Syndrome (I wrote a post on this topic last year). It’s too bad, because it would be cool to share and learn together.