Top 10 Signs That Your Teacher Is A Geek

The founder of Fractus Learning, Nick Grantham is an Australian educator living and working in Dublin, Ireland. With a background in education, engineering and digital product development, Nick launched Fractus Learning to connect people with a shared passion for technology and how it can bring education to life.

The label of geek is thrown around a lot these days. But truly what is a geek? And is it a term you should be proud to associative yourself with, or should you take offence? defines a geek as:

A digital-technology expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often used disparagingly by others)

Geek used to be a title reserved for professions such as IT, Software Development and Electronics. But now, as technology intrudes on nearly every aspect of life, the line is blurring and geeks are making their way into nearly every profession.

So how do you know if geeks have infiltrated your school? Or even more concerning, how do you know you have not become one yourself? To help unearth the technology elite in your school, here are the top 10 signs that your teacher is a geek:



Your teacher continually swipes the bottom of the blackboard to make it unlock



Comments on your returned essay are littered with hashtags (#needswork, #spelling, #winning, #edtech)



When you ask your teacher if you and your friends can “hangout”, they are impressed that you’ve joined Google+



You can see what lesson is up next by checking your teacher’s Facebook status



You have a better chance of getting an answer from your teacher on Quora than by raising your hand



When helping individual class members, your teacher checks in on Foursquare at each desk



You can only get the teacher’s attention by mimicking the iPhone alert sound



Your teacher salivates when talking about Gingerbread, Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich, but has no interest in desserts



Your report card comments are never greater than 140 characters



Stars and smiley face stickers have been replaced with ‘Like’ stickers (yes, they do exist)


Are you aware of other key signs that your teacher is a geek? Add them into the comments and lets grow this list.


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