'Only the third week of school and already we had "housekeeping" to do. No, the students didn't have to dust the computers or vacuum the floor, we just had some "chores" we had to get done. I compared these tasks to housekeeping because although they were not the most fun and exciting things to do, they were necessary in order to keep life running smoothly in the media center.
One thing I did is to assign everyone a computer number. After the first login on a computer, the computer recognizes the student's username and password, thus wasting less time logging on. Therefore, each student is assigned a specific computer number because in our media time together, we need EVERY minute we've got! I'm hoping that I might switch it up mid-year and let students sit at a different workstation...we'll see how it goes.
The 3rd-5th graders also needed to log into their Google Apps for Education (GAFE) accounts. We had some trouble with new students and with many 3rd graders so hopefully this problem will be resolved this week. GAFE is an amazing tool and students can access it easily from home. Just download Chrome and log in from there. Their email is their firstname.lastname@example.org and their password is the password on their library cards. We will be using GAFE for collaborative projects with classroom teachers, so it would be wise to explore it a little before projects are assigned. For more information about Google Apps for Education, take a look at these videos or read about it here on the Google webpage.
Next week, Just Right Books and Digital Passport!
Mrs. Jackie Luci is the Information Literacy Specialist at Musson Elementary.
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