Sunday, June 27, 2010

Things that Instructional Techies Like to Do

By Jacob Gutnicki

  1. Debate which computing platform is better; Mac or PC.
  2. Tell tall tales of how you fixed a computer MacGyver style; you know with dental floss, chewing gum, and a toothpick.
  3. Geek out on the latest tech gadgets; anybody for an iShoe?
  4. Discuss which tablet reeks the most.
  5. Discuss which Interactive White Board reeks the most.
  6. Talk about their computer as if it was a hot rod.
  7. Attend Technology Conferences; the more the better.
  8. Make fun of people who don’t back up their work.
  9. Make fun of people who don’t use Anti Virus Protection.
  10. Throw the phase “integrate technology into the curriculum” in your conversations as often as possible.
  11. Make Up Nonsensical Acronyms.
  12. Quote quasi-famous edu-techno geeks as often as possible.


  1. @Jacob, Thanks for this fun and timely post. Here's the ones I engage in...

    1. Check
    3. Taking on the iTouch this year. Maybe not the latest, but investigating great ed apps
    6. I talk about more like my kid :-P
    7. Check
    10. Check, check, check.
    11. And, words...
    12. Yep, here's one example and here's another

  2. Thanks for sharing. Personally, I am guilty of 1, 2, 4, and 10.

  3. I once made a short film on this very topic when I was teaching college video/film courses.

    I call this version "The Attention Deficit Cut." It was made as the "feel bad" alternative to "Napolean Dynamite" which was too "nice," in my estimation.