This week was a slight disaster in the Grade 2 blogging world.
I will begin with some positives.
- All of my students are able to get on our class blog successfully. They can log in and write a short post.
- My students are also commenting on each other’s posts. The comments continue to be very positive (or else I would not approve) and some are also constructive example: “that is good, write more please”
- Parents are accessing our blog! We have had a few parent comments on student’s individual posts. This is great to see!
- I found and paid for a great app called “Draw and Tell” The can be used to create an addition and subtraction story while the students record their voice. My students have seen examples of this on Mrs. Cassidy’s class blog and they were excited to create their own!
My goal this week was to have my students post something beyond just writing about a personal experience or sharing something we have learned about. I wanted my students to use an app to share their learning by posting a quick video of themselves creating and solving a math story problem. Of course things do not always go as planned.
I have three desktop computers in my room (plus my own computer) and two ipads. Once a week I have our laptop cart booked. For about one hour we bring in the laptops and I teach them a new skill on the computers or recently we have been writing a blog post. This week I needed my students to work independently on the laptops while I worked in small groups on the ipads. I took this time to teach two students at a time how to create their word problem on the ipad using the app “Draw and Tell”. This app came recommended by Mrs. Cassidy. We had about 1 hour and 10 minutes and I only got 5 kids through on the ipads! I was so disappointed! We do have a class set of ipads but I really thought we needed to do this in small groups so I could show them step by step how to create this video.
I was already feeling frustrated that I did not get to work with enough students but then I realized I was mostly going to have to post the video to the blog by myself. I tried to get the students to help but I was frustrated and knew it would be quicker if I just did the clicking on my own 😦
THEN the videos did not even upload correctly. See some examples here and here. I hoped the video would show right on the blog instead of directing viewers to a separate link. I will work on this to figure it out! In the second link I shared, his audio worked but the video did not 😦
Although I am frustrated, we will try this again! I suppose it wasn’t a huge disaster, but I had it in my mind that it would go one way and nothing seemed to go right I have a pre-intern in my room now for the next three weeks so it will be helpful to have another set of hands when we bring in the laptops and computers!
Any tips would be greatly appreciated! Does anyone know any other ways I can have my students post a video? Maybe I should have just started smaller and had them post a picture of their work from an ipad first.
Oh well, you live and learn!