Internet learning is officially rolling in my classroom!
And by rolling, I mean kind of dragging along the ground. Uphill.
Things that would’ve helped:
- A second instructor.
- Any kind of pre-test in technology skills.
- For hotmail to not have disallowed us from signing up for more than 5 email addresses.
- For my college email’s search function to function.
Many students did not have email addresses. This didn’t really surprise me.
Some students had trouble locating the url bar. When they did find it, some had trouble with troubleshooting, i.e., noticing that they’d spelled the url incorrectly. This was only vaguely surprising.
Some students could not find the “-” key. Some could not use the mouse. This should not have surprised me, but it did.
Even for just getting set up, we were so multi-level in terms of computer skills (let alone English skills) that I had to ask one of the students to help the others make email addresses. I had to ask all of the students to wait many, many times. And I had to not swear at the machines.
So I guess this class period was the pre-test. It has certainly informed instruction. It will be hard for tomorrow to not be smoother or more productive in comparison.