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?
Dictionary.com 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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