“I love my computer because my friends live in it!” ~ unknown
“I changed my password to ‘incorrect. That way when forget it, it always reminds me, Your password-is-incorrect.” ~unknown
My former Head-teacher, (in my workplace not my schooldays) gave me the nickname of Mrs Gadget, but I wasn’t the wife of Inspector Gadget and certainly not Mr Gadget.
My other half was the least likely person to fill the home with gadgets; anything I suggested was likely to be met with the response, “What do you want one of those for?”
Nevertheless, come Christmastime, there was often a surprise in my Christmas sack, my husband might not have known what it was, but it was a sure bet that one of our girls would have instructed him to find out and purchase!
After my husband died, the tradition of giving me a Christmas extra, a gadget surprise, was taken on by Victoria, my eldest daughter. These days, however, it’s usually of a domestic nature, but always welcomed. The latest of which is here, a gift I hadn’t asked for, but has proved to be extremely useful, especially on Christmas day when I cooked and mashed potatoes for twenty of us.
I adore gadgets, and what we often refer to as new technology. Anything remotely connected to computing would find a home with me, both in and on my desk and I never stopped looking to see what was coming next, what was on the horizon.
My Head-teacher was usually accommodating and if I could prove its usefulness I could have it.
It’s over twenty years since I began working with computers in school, and back then there was only one machine per classroom. The Head-teacher at the time was not a forward thinking man and fought hard against change and the advent of the computing age.
Eventually, with a new Head-teacher in place, we installed two suites of computers plus a couple more for each classroom. I was delighted to be appointed IT manager and even more so when I discovered I would now be teaching all year groups.
An admin colleague and I assisted on setting up a school website, and I set up a school learning platform, also known as a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
Under the guidance of our head-teacher, our school became a high profile school, a teaching school where we not only offered placements to teacher trainees, we also advised staff from other schools. During this time I was asked by the city Education Department if I would create and pilot a new VLE, visit other schools and assist in rolling it out. It was a proud moment for me and one of my best school memories.
Despite the latest technology, I still have one of my earliest gadgets, my portable floppy disk drive. I sort of hoped that one day I might need to read what was on those old floppies, but it’s a long time since I needed to use it!
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2018 In response to the word-prompt Horizon