Wednesday, September 19, 2007

So I discovered something interesting during the ACHS homepage professional development by Dave Tarwater. The site is not across the board for all google applications. For instance my I can access my email once I'm in the site, however if I go to the google search page and click the sign in icon near the top left and try loggin in using my email and use the same password from the adams14schools page it tells me that my username and password do not match. However, I created a blogger account awhile back an if I use that password it signs me in. I find it strange. I'll talk to Dave, the Tech Man, Tarwater. Regina put up a comment that he needs a cape, I say we gotta get him the full costume!

So i've been working on trying to get access to my other blog account through and it seems it was a simple case of inputing the wrong password. I guess I wasn't as diligent in using docs as a place for storage of accounts, logins, and passwords. Funny stuff.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Been awhile

So it's been awhile since I posted. I first want to thank some of the teachers that personally work with me: Michelle Troch, Carmen Herrada & Annette Garcia. I was having some trouble getting my large (31 student) last block class to settle down, get work done and not distract others. I tried some strategies like changing seats, breaking up class activities, recording them and adding adults to the classroom. As painful as it was to get sick last thursday, it pushed Michelle to try some of her strategies (and some we discussed like no group work, no bathroom, no electronics and consequences) with the class and with that introduced I get to help continue the structure she set up and enforce those consequences.

I continue to have trouble with student access to computers outside of class. I sent an email to all of my students through the adams14schools account with an extra credit assignment, and only one of my almost 100 students chose to complete the blog post.

I did have success with my block two and setting them up to use gizmo's. They were alot more tech advanced than I thought and most of them completed 3 gizmo activities and quizzes in one class session.

I'm still not managing my time effectively to grade, plan, and post to my website. However, I did set my team up with theirs at Click here. We'll see how the rest of the trimester and year goes.

Monday, September 10, 2007

I've also had issues with the school google accounts. There are many students I've referred to Chris about their student accounts however on a personal note I created a blog through my account and after logging out I can't get back in. These are just my frustrations

Technical difficulties

So I've been experiencing technical difficulties lately. First in TAAT my students were mixed up compared to my class roster. Second, I've been (Thursday and Friday) able to connect to the wireless router in SW200 from the Math Laptop cart. Today I tried to move the laptop cart and the router into my room and found that none of the laptops, mine nor the laptops from the cart to connect to with anything greater than the comment of "limited or no connectivity." I'm still working on a couple of troubling issues regarding student participation and the clickers. For some reason I've got a hand full that plain hate the device and what it stands for, so they simply refuse to participate, and most of them are my better performing students. Very troubling issue for me right now.