Nerdy observation from someone who works in edtech:
It is no longer okay to not know how to hook your computer up to the projector. Are you using a computer? Does it need to be hooked up to a projector? Then you need to learn how to do that.
I tried giving him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe the laptop VGA connection is missing or hidden. Maybe he’s not wise enough to know he can unhook the VGA cable from that doc camera, or even the computer in the workstation to his left (and use that for his laptop instead). Maybe he forgot the dongle he needs to hook up his Mac. But if none of those things are true, then this type of nonsense is just not okay.
I totally agree. I can understand 15-20 years ago, maybe even 10 years ago but in 2012, seriously? This happened to my Public Finance professor in yesterday’s class; poor guy spent 10 minutes trying to get to the projector on and get to a website. Then tried to show us how to use SurveyMonkey and totally messed that up. Then asked us to go to the computer lab to answer his survey while 16 of the 20 students all had their tablets or laptops out and had completed the survey before he even sent us off.