This morning in my free lesson I did a comprehensive audit of the laptops in our room and have sorted out some of the major issues. It was incredibly time consuming but should make using them a little easier. Today i just need to check that some that were flat have been charged and we should be good to go. I've been having a think about some of my assignments and think that ive been giving students a little too much time to complete tasks. Some of this has been due to issues with technology but i also think i have to get a little tougher with due dates and my expectations of how much work is due in a lesson. I love that my classroom has a relaxed and comfortable feel about it - but thats not always translating to efficient working. This comes as a reflection of some of my classes who work better with shorter 'one lesson' tasks rather then extended tasks. It should help us move forward a little faster with the content of our lessons.
Today the yr 9 history class watched a video about the start of the Industrial revolution and I'll write a response on it - unfortunately this was before the audit of the laptops so there were a few issues with them not working or being flat. My yr 10 Geography class have completed their response to the TED talk and have handed up their books for marking. The yr 10 history class have finished watching the Black Hand documentary and most of the class had a go at the Socrative quiz at the end of the lesson - but we ran out of time and some of the laptops were still flat so we will repeat the quiz in the next lesson.
My marking was interupted by some issues with our reporting program so i spent a bit of time messing around with that before giving up and passing it on to the techies to deal with :)
This blog is a record of the day to day classroom activities for teachers, parents and students. This is also a bit of a personal record for myself on how things are going and what each class is working on.