Friday, July 6, 2018
The Chromecart Key
Some days I really should stay in bed.
When I checked in for the day, I was given the lesson plans and class rosters. I was told I was in room 115, which was next door to the office. Then they called for someone to come unlock the door. (They don't have extra keys for summer school, so we subs are out of luck.)
I got in the room and started looking for the Chromecart key.
Over the last two years, Chromecarts have become ubiquitous. It's a small cart that houses 36 Chromebook computers. The Chromebooks have little slots where they live, and they can be plugged in in there. The carts have a lock on the outside, so we can keep students from borrowing a Chromebook when it's not a computer day.
I am very familiar with the Chromecarts. I have frequently locked and unlocked them.
So, when the lesson plan said "find the Chromecart key and unlock the Chromecart", I knew what to look for and I knew what to do.
Only, there was no Chromecart key. Anywhere. I looked where the lesson plan said it was, but there was nothing there.
Then I happened to look up at the door...
Room 116. I was in the wrong classroom.
I ran back to the office, asked for them to call for someone to open the correct door this time, and I headed back out to wait.
By the time the door was unlocked, I had students waiting with me. (The guy who had the key was busy doing his job, so it took him some time to get back to me. To unlock another door for me. Since I wasn't paying attention to which room I should have been in in the first place.)
We all got in the room. And the Chromecart key was exactly where the lesson plan said it should be. I went to unlock the cart...
I put the key in the lock. I turned the key. I went to press the catch to release the door... Nothing. It was still locked.
I repeated this procedure several times. There was nothing for it. The door wouldn't unlock.
So, I called the office, and I got the summer school principal. I told him of my issue, and he said he'd send someone in a few minutes.
At this point, the kiddos were getting restless. So, I attempted to explain what was going on. I offered to let the kiddos try.
And wouldn't you know it, one of the kiddos managed to get the thing open... just as an administrator arrived.
Yup, so I looked like a complete idiot in front of a class of 30, school security, and two administrators. And the day hadn't even started yet.