One day a week I go back to my old school to “do things with the computers”. Sometimes it is fun stuff that involves working with students such as introducing grade3-4 students to the joy of Garage Band. This is great fun and so enlightening both to the students and the teachers who are generally watching or working in as well. Gee it also makes me look really good as a teacher and if I let it, the ego is massaged massively :).
Sometimes it can also be a little deceptive as I can generally troubleshoot pretty well when errant students click on the “other button”or the like. Sometimes this bites back too when the teacher has to continue the exploration and more than one or two miss hit buttons occur at once. That sense of helplessness about how to solve the problem can lead to lack of desire on that teacher’s behalf to do no more than the safe aspects of computers, (but more of that another time).
Some other times life is much more humdrum as in today. Some time back I ran a session where a group of teachers got together to set up blogs. Now it was my mistake but I thought we were setting up class blogs which all students were to belong to when in fact the intention was to set up individual student blogs. It wasn’t until we had almost completed the process that the true intention of the exercise finally got through to me but by then it was well after school and most teachers had to beg off to do the normal things of picking up loved ones etc.
As a result we had to revisit the whole enrollment again which because of timetable constraints and other commitments etc meant we really couldn’t do it all together or some tried to do it by themselves in small grabs of time. Because of this slipups and other problems occurred which of course I felt quite guilty about. In the end it was going to be easier for me to go back through the records and make sure that all of the students were properly set up with a blog and functioning Username and Password that were familiar to them.
Some four hours later of checking and renovating I finally think things are as they should be and the students can start their blogging journey. It all goes to show that there is still a long way to go before we could safely say that ALL teachers can easily enter their students into the blogosphere. Also just the one hour or so to enroll and ensure that your students are a member of a blogging or wiki community can be more than many teachers can spare especially if they are trepidatious about blogging in the first place.