Tuesday, March 24, 2009

WoW at work

So, here I am typing at work a post that I don't really have time to write. So, I write a little bit here and there when I have a free moment between students. (I blame my tangents on this very fact). I sometimes also read blogs a little bit during lunch, and I play on twitter, talking to tweet friends about random stuff.

I think a lot of us do something like this at work to help get along and to keep our mind off of the mundane drudge of work. Of course there are some of you who play while at work. I don't know how you can get away with that. I'm a little jealous. I mean come one, why not use WoW in speech language therapy, lol. I don't think the school district would been too keen on the idea.

There are several people in our guild who play during the day, my brother use to. It seems like most of them were IT guys. There is no way I could ever keep up. I had to decide a long time ago that its not a race. Some people can put more time into it than others. Some people can play at work, and the rest of us just have to shake our fists (not in anger, but in envy). Of course, how are you getting anything done if you are playing at work? I can see it with my brother, he would either read or play wow between tech support calls. Oh to have a job where you could actually read. /sigh.

I suppose you could play in class as well on your laptop. The other students might be able to see it, but the teacher wouldn't (I'm talking about college of course, not high school). Of course, your grades might suffer that way. Didn't some study blame WoW for the increasing college drop out rates? I did get started playing WoW when I was in graduate school, but we only had about 16 people in each class. It would have been far to obvious, and alas, I don't have a laptop. So, I guess that was out of the picture altogether.

So, do you do something wow related at work or school? Are you a work wow player?? And if so how are you getting away with this?
At any rate,

8 comments:

Kimberly said...

I work for a newspaper, but not as a writer. Last year, they were looking for people here to help get their new blog section and running by starting a blog. I've had a personal blog for many years so I figured, "Why not?"

So I started a WoW blog, hosted by the paper. I'm not being paid extra, but I think it gives me a bit of freedom to look at a few WoW blogs during my workday.

They have no idea how to treat my blog, by the way. It's not written by a "Real Writer" and it's not about parenting or sports.

I don't play at work, though. My PC's way too lame.

Bob said...

@kimberly
That's awesome, I'm always worried that I'll get in trouble because I'm looking at blogs at work (not work related), so I end up keeping it to a minimum. That's funny that the newspaper doesn't know what to consider you. They'd probably be surprised by how much interest there is for this subject.

Brajana said...

I tend to be a super fast worker, or else often end up with little work to do, so I spend my extra time blogging or reading WoW stuff.

I actually like to spend my time at home playing, so whenever I get behind on reading or writing it's because I've had real work to do :)

But I could never get away with playing at work! I suppose if you've got a job where you deal with customers and haven't really got anything to do between them, it would work alright.

Shawndra said...

There aren't many gaming sites that my school district hasn't found already and blocked. If I get an idea for a post and want to research, if the site is generally ok I can search for it and look at a cached page. But then it ends up being old news anyhow. I usually have to just outline my idea (in pencil, on some scratch paper), shove it in my apron pocket, and take it home to flesh out with research and links.

Bob said...

@brajana I suppose if you were already done with your work then it wouldn't be a big deal to look up some blogs. I just never really have an excuse because I always have more work to do./sigh Sometimes I just need a break.

@Shawndra Are you a teacher then? My school district actual has most of the gaming sites unblocked. That doesn't mean they want me to go there I'm sure. I should be working all the time, but I take so much work home out of necessity that I don't feel bad if I occasionally look at a gaming website for a moment.

Bob said...

@Shawndra nvm, I remember now what you do for a living. You told me before.

lytlady said...

We actually use WOW in one of our classrooms. For the students that do want to play, they are learning social skills, math, etc... These are students have disabilities that effect their daily social interactions, such as Autism. They must share a toon.. So there are two students per toon. Their time is restricted... each group is allowed to play for about 1hr a week, though they are able to earn more time if available. It is really a joy to watch a 5th grader and a 12 grader, who never normally would talk to each other, discuss how to do a quest or which items they should keep, use, vendor or AH. For the advance students who play there may be math problems that include % of stats and such. It keeps them engaged and learning. This would not be possible without the amazing teacher that is in that classroom. His success record with these students is 2nd to none. And his ability to see each of their needs and how to reach these through alternative teaching tools is..... He also is a huge advocate in self-control, which is also part of these students' learning. Yes, WOW in the classroom.

Anonymous said...

We actually use WOW in one of our classrooms. For the students that do want to play, they are learning social skills, math, etc... These are students have disabilities that effect their daily social interactions, such as Autism. They must share a toon.. So there are two students per toon. Their time is restricted... each group is allowed to play for about 1hr a week, though they are able to earn more time if available. It is really a joy to watch a 5th grader and a 12 grader, who never normally would talk to each other, discuss how to do a quest or which items they should keep, use, vendor or AH. For the advance students who play there may be math problems that include % of stats and such. It keeps them engaged and learning. This would not be possible without the amazing teacher that is in that classroom. His success record with these students is 2nd to none. And his ability to see each of their needs and how to reach these through alternative teaching tools is..... He also is a huge advocate in self-control, which is also part of these students' learning. Yes, WOW in the classroom.