Today, the last day of week one, we headed back to the computer lab. The plan was to have the students go into Edmodo and check their grades, then work on any assignments from this week that they had not yet completed. I had graded everything that they had turned in so far and placed grades in the Edmodo gradebook.
We discussed why some of them had submitted assignments but not received grades. This meant something was not right, they may have submitted the wrong assignment, a name was missing, or I may have missed the assignment. This process of submitting work through Edmodo will keep all of us informed as to the status of work and what we need to to do keep EVERYONE successful.
The students worked well, many went back and “officially” turned in assignments through Edmodo that they had completed but not submitted through the online classroom. I was able to work more one on one and with small groups on technical details for Edmodo and Edublogs.
We did encounter an issue with Edublogs where some students could not log in and their password resets to Gaggle were not working. I submitted the issues through the Pro Support tab in my dashboard and before the period was out I had the issues resolved. Sue W. and Ronnie B. were the specific helpers in Edublogs support. They did inform me that Gaggle disables the password resets from their site, but they were working to resolve the issue.
I had one or two students who were new additions to my classes and they were once again added into everything. I was able to sit down with a couple of students who were behind and assist them with tasks. As more students asked for help we went to the mentor approach. Some students who were asked to mentor others were a bit surprised; they did not think they knew enough to help. They were wrong, they did an excellent job helping others which made the day a success.
There were a few parent concerns sent in on the signed information sheets. I was able to zip off email replies to answer their questions. The main concern was about a lack of home Internet access and if it would affect student grades. I assured the parents that time is given in class to complete assignments, and my room is open during the day for students to come in and work. A lack of home access should not be a problem unless students are wasting time in class and not utilizing time during the school day.
Overall, the day was very productive and the students cleared out most of their due assignments, which left me with a ton of work to grade. The pace was much more relaxed, which I greatly appreciated. It has been a bit tiring this week, but the groundwork is in place for the rest of the year. There are a few more tools that need to be rolled out, but they can wait until they are needed for specific assignments.