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Technological Culture Faux Pas November 24, 2009

Posted by Michael McVey in Online Tools.
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This morning I walked into my classroom and some other instructor had used a dry erase (not permanent thank goodness) marker on my board. My jaw dropped and I paused in shock at the outrage.


Okay, it wasn’t so much an outrage. It was a faux pas, like wearing the bathroom slippers in a Japanese apartment outside the actual bathroom. Only the culturally attuned would notice and suppress a polite giggle.

Once my sense of outrage died off, I realized that the use of technology was a cultural thing. Not everyone knows that this $2400 whiteboard with a projector attached was not a simple “dumb” whiteboard. I’m sure the abuser would have been horrified if he or she knew.

So I’ll just park this under the bathroom slipper category.