Luckily we have 2 COWS (computer on wheels) available for checkout so I got them for 2 days. The students were very excited about using the laptops, but some had never used them before. It took some of them a little time to get used to the mouse pad and other features. Also, most of them are not familiar with the QWERTY keyboard so typing was painfully slow. On the second day everyone got logged on to the blog at www.kidblog.org much quicker and we were able to practice posting and commenting. Our class blog is password protected for now, but I am hoping to open it up to some of the classrooms we will be working with on the Global Classroom Project.
|18 students on laptops = 1 busy teacher!|
|Having only 2 classroom computers has worked out fine since everyone is in different stages of the writing process. We will check out the C.O.W.S every few weeks, but it takes a lot of time to set up, log on, etc....|
|Sometimes the teacher shares her computer ;-)|