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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Glow, Second Trial Lesson Update

Today, Dave and I monitored the second glow lesson. This went very well. The pupils were nearly one step ahead of us this time! By the time we were on task 3 (of the supplied pupil document) half of them had already changed their glow themes! The problems that I mentioned in my last post were the only ones that cropped up today.

Difficult passwords
Copy and pasting
The use of the apostrophe (Frames started to jump)
And of course, time

It was fabulous to see the youngsters so enthusiastic and progressing on a very steep learning curve. They posted their views on the theme (Global Warming: Is It Real?), uploaded their documents and started to create their own address books. This was all very exciting to be part of.
I am in the fortunate position with this class that we currently do a ‘project’ period once a week (if the ICT accomodation is available). My pupils and I are really looking forward to using the trial portal to enhance this. I haven’t had any free time to experiment more, as yet. I have uploaded some revision documents that I hope introduce to the class next week.
Today was such a success. I am very pleased! Dave and I had 8 pupils from the first two trial classes’ request that they come in at lunch time to explore a little more! Our third and final trial is tomorrow. Unfortunately, I am teaching, but Dave will give me a summary that I can report back on. We will then summarise all our collected feedback from pupils and staff for RM.

One separate fact, just as a by the by, the Operating system we use is:
Microsoft Win2000
And our current browser is:
Internet Explorer 6.0,Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 6.0; Windows NT 5.0)

I hope my post doesn’t appear as jargon. I am very sensitive to the fact that a lot of my readers have not had the privilege of exploring glow. I am currently working on uploading a number of documents on to the East Lothian Glow blog. These should give you any information that I have missed. Thankfully, Andy from Aberdeen has already done the deed. (Thanks Andy!)

I welcome any thoughts or views, positive or negative

Tess :)


At Wednesday, 15 November, 2006, Anonymous John Connell said...

You certainly don't come across as jargonistic, Tess. You have no idea how good it is to 'watch' colleagues such as you and Dave actually using Glow in earnest with kids, and with such evident success to date. The problems you picked up are ones that I'm sure RM will be able to take away and find solutions to. Thanks for the insght!

Tess - some bloggers use a service known as CoComment that allows us to track the 'conversations' that take place through comments on particular posts such as yours - but it doesn't work with blogger.com's popup windows for comments. Could you possibly go into your 'Settings' in Dashboard, and click the 'No' option for 'Show comments in a popup window?'. John

At Wednesday, 15 November, 2006, Blogger OllieBray said...

Hi Tess, I think that was a really nice post – with hardly any jargon! Its great to see GLOW finally working for your guys and that children want to come back at lunchtime to carry on with their learning. As a non-glow mentor what could I be doing or suggesting to our staff at MGS that they do to get really for GLOW? Send my regards to glowboy! And as John says check out http://www.cocomment.com this is a great way to keep on top of your blogs and posts. See you next Wednesday! Ollie

At Wednesday, 15 November, 2006, Anonymous John Connell said...

Sorry, Ollie and Tess - I should, of course, have had the courtesy to point Tess towards the service. Thanks for doing that, Ollie! ;-)

At Wednesday, 15 November, 2006, Anonymous David Ramsay said...

Hi Tess,

Nice to see that you and the pupils are enjoying the first steps into the glow world.

I am intrigued by the comment regarding 'apostrophes' and the frames jumping. We will of course get the report in the defect tracking down here but I like to be ahead of the game (if I can).

Can you give me an example of where this occurred?

Thanks David

At Wednesday, 15 November, 2006, Anonymous David Ramsay said...

Oh by the way on the Global Warming have you been on this site?


Cheers David

PS Just to close the loop - Mac OS X 10.5 Beta and Safari 3.0 Beta is my current environment

At Thursday, 16 November, 2006, Blogger Tess Watson said...

Thank you John C and Ollie for your encouraging comments. I have tried to change the popup settings, but I don't think I have had much luck. I will need to sit down tonight and try again. I will also investigate cocomments.com. Thank you both again!


At Thursday, 16 November, 2006, Blogger Tess Watson said...

David, Thank you for your comment. with regards to your concern of the apostrophe:

It was when pupils were trying to post a reply on 'Is Global Warming Real?' When they entered text into the comment box,if the used and apostrophe, the cursor would jump up on to the subject title box. This only happened about 5 times. A bit weird. It might not have been the portal, but worth reporting anyway. Hope this makes sense?



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