Thursday, 17 June 2010

How many teachers does it take to get sound from a computer?

This morning, five.

For a long time we had the pictures but no sound.
We got sound if we played the disc through the DVD player rather than the computer, but it was formatted for the computer so looked and sounded terrible.
We tried using the iPod plugs, to no avail.
We got a hint of sound if the plug was only half in.

The fifth teacher solved the problem. Use a different computer programme...

Having spent all morning locating (or rather, not locating) the original film and then working out how to burn the video onto disc again (husband did it before: how am I supposed to know whether to use PAL or NTSC formatting? I just want it to play!) it was a relief when we finally worked it out. By then all the children were in the hall and 'quietly chatting' amongst themselves. Talk about stress!

I don't know how teachers work and remain sane. My 15 minute presentation drained me completely, whereas they stand up in front of classes for 6 hours a day, five days a week. I stumbled over words, I said the wrong things, I probably used words that are far too complicated, I forgot important facts. It is a good job I am not in charge of anyone's education!

I am in utter awe of teachers... however many it takes to get sound from a computer!


Hearth-mother said...

Ah yes. I am very familiar with the inability to get sound from a computer whilst a classroom of expectant faces become gradually more distracted. Welcome to my world!

Nathalie said...

Teaching husband approves!

Troy said...

You are so right. I've helped in school a few times. At the end of the morning I was physically drained and I was only helping out!

Working Mum said...

I usually find sixth formers are really helpful with computer related glitches in the classroom! He he he!

Catharine Withenay said...

Hearth-mother - as you can tell, it's not a world I'm entirely happy with!

Nathalie - thanks!

Troy - Last year I went on a field trip with them and spent the whole time panicking that I would lose one of the children I appeared to be responsible for. It is exhausting work!

WM - sadly no sixth-formers available to me. Not even Year 6, though my 9yo son did do his best!

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