Well, we did it! My coop, my grade 8s, the dude on the other end of the BlackBerry and I finally have our classroom blogs up and running! Apparently, the 6th time is the charm! Phew! We have taken 5 full computer periods, used our Prairie South emails to get Google emails, tried edublogs , tried… well everything it felt like. We are the first class in our division to use wordpress blogs and I’m very pleased that the space works!
And let me tell you, Mr. Mc and I were frustrated! And, we’re also very determined! You know when your kids are little and you’re teaching them how to brush their teeth? Do you remember how you have to remind them 319 times before they remember on their own to brush their teeth?
So, there we are, this last week and along one row of computers three boys are discovering the joys of ‘the dashboard!’ Their blog background goes from blue to green to some sort of neon rainbow in a matter of seconds. Then one of them discovers he can change the name of his blog, they then start testing out the silliest blog titles. But somewhere in there, they also create pages, and make multiple postings, and ask me, “Hey Ms. S. What’s the name of the novel we started today?” By the end of the period, they were going around and teaching others the beauty of the dashboard, and according to my Epic Eights, KEWL is most definitely a word!
So what would have happened to toddlers teeth if we stopped after 318?
Now, to get my hands on a classroom set of ibooks…