(which pioneers? ANY pioneers!)
They had it rough! They had to start pretty much everything from scratch. They might not have had all the tools they needed to get the job done, but they improvised, and they made do. They might not have had the knowledge they needed to succeed, but they learned - often the hard way - and they overcame their difficulties! Was being a pioneer easy? No way! But the amount of knowledge and skills they learned and mastered was immense, and in the end they were better off for their efforts!!
Over the past few weeks, we've been trying new things with our devices (both new-to-us as a class and new-to-us as a school) and there has been a lot of frustration. When things weren't working, when the connection was flaky, when webpages wouldn't load, when we didn't know what to click, I kept having to tell my students: we are pioneers.
Our journey has not been easy...
It took at least a day to get everyone registered on their own tablet and connected to the school network (which was originally blocking all the unknown devices).
It took at least a day of troubleshooting to get everyone successfully on Gmail, as many of my students had never had an email account.
It took three days to get Blogger/blogspot unblocked at our school.
It took a week between the school board then telling me that students shouldn't have their own Google accounts (they should have board Google accounts), providing me with the new rscloud.ca account names and passwords, and our students actually being able to log in.
But then things slowly started to change.One pioneer changed his profile picture, and many others followed suit. Yay!
|Using the tablets during Genius Hour|
|Using the tablets to connect to online resources to help learn.|
We discovered that blogspot.com (default for Blogger blogs) is still blocked, but blogspot.ca (which takes you to the same blog) is unblocked. Phew!
|Blogging with the tablets|
|Our class' cover page in Google Classroom|