Laptop Mayhem


What fun technology is! I taught my first lesson with laptops this week. I had sent my year 10 class an email and began the first lesson by asking them to check their email. Problem 1 – only two thirds had actually brought their laptops to school on the first day. Problem 2 – about 3 couldn’t remember their passwords and another 10 didn’t know how to check their email. Problem 3 – the DET access failed and no one could use the internet. Despite the potential for disaster we had a great lesson. We talked about using laptops at school and home.  I explained what a ‘ning’ was, since I had created one especially for them (but couldn’t show them on the IWB because the internet wasn’t working!) and began introducing my procedures for the year. Oh, and I have one student who hates using the laptop and had planned to hand it back in because she didn’t want the responsibility and was going back to pen and paper! Can’t wait for next lesson. Always optimistic, the cybergods will fix it all over the weekend, won’t they?

About lyntiernan

I teach kids. Mostly English but sometimes good manners, how to have fun learning, that you are never too old to learn something new, that we all make mistakes and what we do about mistakes is who we become, that the future is not some place we are going to but a place we are creating and... I like learning and adapting new technology in the classroom I'm good with my new IWB, websites and email but hopeless with mobile phones!

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