Two weeks ago we passed out our newly â€œbatteriedâ€ (I know … no such word) Key Lime iBooks (about 7 years old). Since then my fourth graders have learned how to get them out of the carts, started-up, onto the web, start-up Appleworks, save, access Flickr, drag a photo from Flickr onto an Appleworks document, some font and text size adjustment, center text or image, put back in the carts and a few other skills. We also have spent some of our time troubleshooting issues like computers that didnâ€™t have the right version of Appleworks or had no browser installed and the like â€“ which I knew we would deal with. Iâ€™ve also learned it is close to ludicrous to all go to the same web site at the same time (we are using original Airport hubs â€“ 26 computers all going online at the same time is a traffic jam waiting to happen), but I am going to play with that some (not that we should have to do that very often).
Iâ€™ve felt like things are going too slow – but in retrospect we are doing fine â€“ especially considering that the vast majority of my students have never done this before â€“ never used a trackpad (not one of my 26 students), 2 students had ever had 2 windows open at the same time or knew that was possible. Depending on what happens with getting my “27th studentâ€ a computer for her apartment so she can Skype into the classroom, we might get a bit sidetracked while we learn a bit about leukemia and Skype and how we are going to make that work. We also need to start blogging. Think weâ€™ll get that done by Christmas?
Learning is messy!