Today, my students went to the computer lab around the corner from my room…they experienced working on the iPods, now they needed back in their comfort zone. The assignments that needed to be completed could be done more efficiently on a larger interface than what the iPods could provide.
We met in my room to review the lesson for the day. We ran a quick overview of what needs done by looking at the assignments in Edmodo. They saw haw to use the “Grades” tab to see what they have turned in, received grades for, or owed. The Blog Expectation Parent Sign-off sheets were handed out, and I showed them the Dashboard of their blogs on the Polyvision Interactive Whiteboard (IWB). The last lesson for Orientation was also rolled out. After the students post to their blog, they are to personalize their blog to their liking. It is their blog, hopefully they will use it beyond mandatory class assignments. They should be allowed to place their stamp on it. There is a rubric for basic minimums required, it is their blog to personalize, but there still needs to be some requirements in place. I shared a folder with links to a few widgets for them to use in Edmodo.
Once in the computer lab the students jumped into the assignments. Some caught on rather quickly and became student mentors to others. This helped me out tremendously; since there were still a few new students in some classes that needed put into the class system, Edmodo, Edublogs, and all of the previous assignments. Once again I could handle the administrative tasks and have my students mentor the new students and get them up to speed. Once those were completed, I floated about and worked one on one or with small groups answering technical questions.
Overall the day was rather fast paced and a bit hectic, but very productive. Two more days in the computer room and we are jumping into the curriculum.