And by "technology" I mean newfangled and wacky things like showing a DVD.
While our campus is trying to upgrade the classrooms to "smart classroom" status, we are by no means there. I have never been assigned a smart classroom in my time at this university, and I suspect it will be a long time before I am assigned such. Even the classrooms that are not "smart" don't have things as simple as a DVD player, which is problematic because neither I nor the library purchase VHS tapes anymore. To do so would be a bad investment, no? At any rate, I made the decision that I was going to stop being afraid of technology and plan to show the DVD of Krapp's Last Tape in Intro to Lit. Problematically, the room that I'm in doesn't have a DVD player, and it has a TV from the stone ages that probably wouldn't accept a DVD player if I tried. So I make an IT request to get the equipment I need in my classroom.
"For security reasons, they can't deliver equipment to a classroom."**
No, I'm not kidding.
I would be interested to hear where exactly they can make deliveries.
This also means that they will not set up this equipment for me.
Which means that I need to learn how to install a DVD player/projector myself, which means that I need to go and get schooled in these activities right before I'm teaching and hope (against hope) that nothing goes wrong when I get into my classroom and try to do this myself.
Note to administrators everywhere: It's really difficult to be an innovative teacher and to integrate different kinds of technologies and learning experiences into one's classes when one receives only the most pathetic amount of institutional support. Grrrrrr......
**I understand why they wouldn't be able to make a delivery to an EMPTY classroom, but it is entirely unclear to me why they wouldn't be able to make the delivery to the INSTRUCTOR of the class (I could show my ID or something) in the classroom and to set up the equipment for me. Or, if they insist on delivering the thing to my dept. office (which, apparently, is not a security risk), why can't they let the person who delivers it ACCOMPANY ME TO THE CLASSROOM AND SET THE THING UP. Ok, I need to go boil with resentment some more and stop writing about this.
2 years ago