Funny Friday – Full of Forgetfulness

I’ve created accounts with hundreds and hundreds of websites.  Whenever I set up an account, I have about 6-8 variations on a few passwords that I use.  I know, I know…I should change my passwords more often, create really unique ones, get a little funky with symbols and numbers and such…but I’m just not that good.  Usually, it takes me all 8 tries to finally find the one I’ve used for any given website.  Okay, sometimes it takes me a dozen tries.

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And then there are days like today.  This morning, I read a blog that mentioned a website I used to really love, but haven’t used in a few years.  I wanted to go back and revisit it.  I entered my email and tried my password, and tried my other password, and tried….well, none of my dozen attempts worked.  I even tried variations that included capitals in various places, but I just wasn’t getting in.   I clicked the “Forgot your password?” link to have it emailed to me, but they didn’t email it quickly enough, and I’m obviously impatient.  So guess what I did…yup…I created a new account.  Has anyone else ever done this?

So, in honor of password forgetfulness, I’m sharing a little humor to kick of your weekend!   Do yourself a favor and watch this funny fella named Don Friesen help me feel that I’m not alone.

* And if this sounds like you or someone you know, click that “retweet” or “share” button and spread some chuckles!

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Humor & Humility

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I have two very important reasons for this post:

1)  Humor:  It’s important to let you know from the get-go that I’ve got a sense of humor and I’m not afraid to use it.  I love funny things & I love to laugh!  So, you’ll see a bunch of little ha-ha-ha’s on this blog like good ol’ Ben above.  If you find some  funny stuff related to computers, tech, or teaching…please feel free to add ’em to my Facebook feed so that the whole class can enjoy!

2) Humility:  I’ve got to tell you right off the bat that I’m swimming upstream in this technology thing just like the rest of you!  It’s a constant effort to keep up with it all, stay current, and do self-training.   I constantly turn to colleagues, friends, blogs,  and the rest of the big ol’ internet to just keep learning.  There’s so much I don’t know…so much I want to know.   Sometimes, the tech gurus on the forums and even some of my colleagues are SO mega-tech-savvy that I’m intimidated  to even ask for help.   So… I’m not ashamed to say that I learn much better when I can ask a question without feeling stupid, and someone actually takes the time to explain or show me – on my own level.    Since I believe in treating others  the way I want to be treated, that’s very much how I like to interact with others who come to me for an idea or for help.   Please feel comfortable here.

Put #1 and #2 together, and we get a true story…the one that was a Primary Techspiration for this post…

     Two years ago, I had a teacher come into the lab.  She has always been pretty open about the fact that she doesn’t yet know a lot about computers, but this day she was obviously pumped about something new she had just learned.   “Kath,” she began excitedly, “I heard that there is a way that we can change the type of handwriting in Microsoft Word!”

     I immediately realized she was talking about fonts.  She had just learned that there were different kinds of fonts.  She didn’t even know the word ‘font’ at that point.  And yes, this was 2012.  At this point, my reaction was to smile REAL big, share in her joy, and say, “Yup, they’re called fonts!  It’s so cool…you won’t believe how many there are!  Probably over 100!  Come on, sit down, let me show you.”  She stared wide-eyed at my monitor as I selected some text, clicked on the drop-down menu of fonts, and scrolled through them.  She eagerly asked me to try several of them so she could see how they looked.  Of course, I used that moment to quickly demonstrate how to change size and color too, and the whole experience left her giddy, enthusiastic, and impressed with herself!  She buzzed out of my room so that she could go back to editing the document in her classroom.  (She probably even tried Franklin Gothic!)

   That was such a powerful ‘aha-moment’ for me, and taught me some of the greatest lessons I’ll ever have as a tech trainer and even as a teacher:

–  Everyone is at a different place in their learning journey.  Differentiation is cool.

– Greet enthusiastic questions with enthusiasm, gusto, and perkiness… no matter how basic it may seem.

– Things that seem simple or obvious might just have a big WOW factor for someone who hasn’t tried it before!

 

Oh, and hey…if this teacher sounds like you or someone you know, and you’d like to know about how to see and change all the different fonts, sizes, and colors, here’s a helpful little link:   http://www.computerhope.com/issues/ch000829.htm