Old-ComputerSo recently, I’ve embarked on the endeavor to become certified to teach technology in the great state of Texas. Unfortunately, this process involves passing a test that focus on either largely irrelevant and obsolete information (like the technology to the left) or information that is so obvious it should be a crime to ask about it.

I’ve been trying to take everything with a smile and to see the humor in the situation, and I thought I’d extend the laughs to all of you!

Check out some of the gems I’ve found in my test preparation book as I studied:

  • “Do not place electronic equipment near water sources that can splash onto the components”
  • “Typing in all capital letters on the Internet is considered rude because it is difficult to read and comes across as very aggressive (LIKE SHOUTING)”
  • “Secondary storage includes floppy discs, jump drives, and CD-ROMs”
  • “The most recommended search engines for classroom use are Google and Alta Vista”
  • “When printing documents, avoid printing in color as it is generally expensive”
  • “When making PowerPoint presentations for the principal or other administrative leaders, be sure to use 12-point Times New Roman font”

… Seriously?


3 thoughts on “Gems From The Journey To Technology Certification

  1. I’ve been researching Technology Certification and came across your blog via Alta Vista. Trying to save your posts to my 5.25″ floppy, BUT IT SAYS IT”S NOT FORMATTED! Thank god you mentioned the gem about not placing electronic equipment near water sources. I was just about to powerwash my CPU, as it hasn’t had a cleaning in a few months. You saved me there!

    ….. Isn’t it ridiculous how the curriculum that needs to be updated and revised the most often (technology) usually does not get updated as frequently as core subjects?

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