Thursday, September 4, 2008

First online quiz and students joining Wikispaces & the Ning

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Students took their first online quiz in Moodle today. Actually it was just a short quiz to get them used to using Moodle in the classroom this year. Most did pretty well, I did have to reset some passwords today because some students forgot what we did on Tuesday when we set up their usernames and passwords and created their account.

Then we moved onto joining the HSTE Project Wikispace. That worked out well, as of this afternoon 74 students had joined the wikispace. We even were able in most classes to create team pages and individual team members pages. Next week I am planning on a few days to have the customize these pages and to have them choose 3 different health care careers that they are interested in and doing some online research and to build their own page. This could be a lot of fun as well as I am interested in seeing what they will create.

Yesterday, while I was away from school we had the students create their Ning profile and join the HSTE Project ning site. For the most part, that went well. I did have a few problems with some students off task and using some proxies to go around the school filters to access MySpace. Well, we dealt with that today and hopefully we will not see a repeat of not staying on task and working on school work instead of playing on the computer.

Well tonight we have a high school football game and then tomorrow, Friday we will wrap up a good week for the HSTE Project.

Until next time...
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Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Students starting to join the HSTE Project Ning site

Today, students started actually joining the HSTE Project Ning Website even though I am not at school and have a substitute! Wow, you just have to love the technology that is available.

Actually, the students enrolled in my HSTE classes this year have been very good at trying to become a part of the HSTE Project and how we will develop it for this upcoming school year. Yesterday, we just started getting everyone used to what the Ning and The HSTE Project Wikispaces are all about.

Yesterday in class I introducted Moodle and our HISID Online Learning Course Management System in several short lessons including editing student profiles in Moodle. So far, even though we are moving right along at a fairly good pace, all of the students seem up to the task. Tomorrow, we will have are first challenge of the school year. We will be taking a quiz online in Moodle over our Acceptable Use of Computers and Networks Policy. Although, this is still just a short, introductory assignment and our real work over our Health Science Technology TEKS will not get into high gear for about another week. I am pleased at the progress we have made so far.

Even though I was not at school, I was able to keep tabs on the Ning, send out individual welcome messages, and answer a few questions both online and by telephone back to my classroom. So, we are off to a good start and Let The Collaboration Begin. After all, that is what a secure educational network like the ning is all about.
Until next time...
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