I’ve had a super frustrating time lately. Mega issues with home computer has meant that I have been without a home computer for about two weeks. I’ve been able to connect and get some work done using my DER laptop but the screen is so small! Must drive the kids crazy. I’ve also been trying to migrate my website to a new host in the middle of home computer having a hissy fit. Despite this I have kept working on my goal to try out software and other resources with Year 10 laptop lessons.
This week we used the laptops to create mindmaps on charaters in Guitar Highway Rose. We used bubbl.us instead of FreeMind (which we all thought was too limiting anda bit boring visually). Kids picked up how it worked really fast and it works well on the IWB. I’d like to experiment with the “sharing” function. Has anyone tried it? Before we used it I reminded students of the security aspects of “social networking” since it is a social networking site, even if it doesn’t look like one.
I’m still struggling with the pedagogical shift in using the laptops and trying to maintain a student-centred focus and collaborative team classroom. I’ve noticed in the past that whenever I am using new skills or strategies in the classroom I shift into teacher-centred mode. I think it is a fall back position for coping with risk taking and not being completely sure how something new is going to work.
The other thing I’ve done is start a ning for our local area English teachers. After our combined Staff Development Day there was a lot of interest in sharing and helping each other so I’m hoping this is a way for people to do this.
Has anyone used the DET BlogEd resources yet? I’ve tried to begin a class blog but I think I’ve hit the wrong button somewhere, it seems to be just my blog which really limits kids participation.
As for my title this week. I don’t think anyone reads this blog and feel like I’m talking to myself. Not that I mind talking to myself, but it does seem a bit self-indulgent. So even if you just look sometimes – a little feedback would make my day!