The longer you work with the children, the more you realize how old and out of date you are. From changing trends to the television that they watch, I seem beyond my years whenever I (for some inexplicable reason) decide to strike up conversation these youth.
There are some things that I can relate to… I mean, I totally jumped onto the Pokemon Go bandwagon when the craze first started in the summer. Sadly though, I quickly outgrew the game within a month or so. I had far too many other things to do and at this point it’s realistically impossible for me to actually catch ‘em all (but bingewatch Black Mirror on Netflix you say?? Don’t mind if I do!).
Needless to say I try my best to stay on top of today’s trends but at the rate it’s going, it’s hard to keep up! That’s why you wouldn’t believe how devastating it was when my coworker and I (whom I will from now on refer to as Professor Picasso) needed to use the Smartboard in one of our classes and quickly gave up on the idea when we couldn’t figure it out.
We both come from a time of chalkboard and brushes so can I just take a second here to note how amazing some of these schools are with the tech that they’ve brought into their classrooms! Now in regards to this tech… I’ll reassure you that with my University background in Astrophysics that YES, I’m sure I could have figured it out if I wanted to.
But it was just before class and our mindset was that we had the presentations on our laptops and that that would be good enough. So that was that. However, during said presentation we heard the dreaded question: “Why don’t you use the SmartBoard??” Now this was such a smart group of kids so we figured there’s no harm in being honest. We admitted that we couldn’t figure it out and that we had decided to settle for the laptop.
What happened next however… was absolutely MAGICAL! It was something you would see out of a movie. I believe it was Professor Picasso who described it perfectly as if it were “Cinderella’s birds fluttering to our aid.” The cord floated magically from the wall with grace and found itself neatly into the port of my laptop. The Smartboard simultaneously turned on and in a matter of seconds it was as if someone snapped their fingers and voila! There was our presentation.
So the moral of this story: I can effectively measure the light frequency from a multiplemode pulsating Red Giant star rotating million of light years away using advanced timeseries analysis software, however I’m unable to hook up a Smartboard to my laptop. Not too sure what this means…