I was teaching at B.R.H.S. when Smart Boards were making their way into the classrooms. They were integrated over several years with 2 and 3 arriving at a time. The young teachers were really keen to have this technology in their rooms, and I was getting closer to retirement. When asked if I would like a Smart Board my response was, “Sure, but only after everyone else has one. You can leave me till last.”
One day, as class had just started, a student said, “Mr. Caines, when are you getting a Smart Board?”
“I’m not sure but, actually, I prefer to have a more advanced technology.”
“Yeah? What’s that?”
“It’s called a Remote Hand-Held Wireless Information Transference Device.” I had their attention.
“Really? I’ve never heard of that.”
“Don’t feel bad. I suspect that most of the new teachers are not familiar with it either.”
“How does it work?”
“Well, believe it or not, this device is mind-controlled and has the ability to transfer my thoughts onto any flat surface.”
“Oh yeah. Let me demonstrate. Right now I am thinking of the word DOG. Now watch this.”
At this point I reached down and retrieved a piece of chalk from the ledge. I pressed it against the board. Magically, the letters D, O and G appeared as my hand moved from left to right. I then turned and held the stick of chalk out for all to see.
“Not only is this device hand-held, portable and wireless, it doesn’t need electricity.”
I would like to think that they were impressed with this innovative technology, but, if they were, they didn’t express it.
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