Week 2 went very well, and with the help of our excellent custodial team -- moving heavy carts of our portable-useless desktop computers into the main building for storage -- the room is shaping up for our next 16 or so weeks in the portable. I'm going to insert a couple of panorama pictures taken in the computer lab on Friday, after most of the extraneous stuff had been moved out of the portable. If you click on them you will be able to "pan" around. Here:
Hatch Show Print gallery to see my friend Jim Sherraden's work on display there. After enjoying the art (tremendously), my brother-in-law and I browsed the shop beside the ancient printing shop and I found it and had to have it. It reads "It's not the destination, it's the journey." That pretty much sums up the experience we hope to have in our McMurray Falcons Tech computer lab each of the ongoing and coming 9 weeks. I do promise we won't be shooting any students out of cannons!
This week we shared a district PowerPoint about the importance of caring for our computer laptops, and we continued learning how to (and practicing) login procedures for the laptops and also for Microsoft Office 365. We jumped into Microsoft Word 2016 online and we did some initial formatting of a document, specifically a poster promoting each one of us as Class President.
The 6th graders had a session this week in the Band classroom. Ms. Wheeler was doing intense PR for her band, only around half the number of students for a strong Middle School Band having chosen Band as their Related Arts option. I told each class of 6th graders the truth that in my own life, there is nothing in the world as joyful as playing a musical instrument with other musicians when it all comes together. I also hope that this "campaign" will draw some of my start-of-year students because we have only 25 laptops, only 19 of which are functional until my requests for repair are addressed. This means that in every class save one (of my 8 classes) some students must share/take turns in order to learn. That is doable, but not optimal.
Okay, then, this coming week we will continue our journeys into Office365 online. I intend to share a very important digital tool this week--Office365's "Immersive Reader." Stay tuned!