Week Two of the 2010-2011 school year is now in the books, fortunately, so here is my take on how things went…
by the end of Week One, the students were becoming a bit frazzled with getting hit with new tools everyday, even though they were not familiar with using the iPods and the tools. I had the students log into the class blog site on Edublogs. I upgraded to the pro account and set up student accounts. I will not explain the process here, since I already have several posts explaining the process. The students logged in and followed along watching what I was doing on my laptop. I had my screen projected over the LCD projector onto my Polyvision Board.
Students were given the opportunity to sign up for an Animoto account using my all access teacher code which enables them to make longer videos and have all of the advanced account privileges for free. They understood that we would not use it right away, but needed to sign up now so they could use it over the next six months. They viewed an example of an Animoto video while they signed up. We were able to create accounts using the Free Animoto App on the iPods.
We had a short week to begin with the Labor Day holiday on Monday, then we had Foresight Benchmark testing on Wednesday and Thursday. The testing creates shorter classes, about 30 minutes each, so we used the time to have students work on their introductory blog posts and get caught up with any account sign ups and basic tasks. Students were still coming and going on my class roster, so catch ups were necessary.
Students continued using the mini Eno Board and the LiveScribe pen throughout the week, but it was hard finding a rhythm in such an abnormal week. I figured it best to hold off on the rest of the tools until they are needed, the kids were getting stressed and tired of practice. Week Three starts the roll out of curriculum and projects that will receive more scrutiny in the assessment and grading departments.
I do need to roll Google Apps for Education out in the next week or so, but that is another story for a later date.