It’s 4:15 and I just finished my lunch…well, part of my lunch. I guess I’ll save the apple for tomorrow. Half-day morning meetings and an afternoon of classes don’t leave time for food.
Second and third grade students have learned how to create their own page on the Harambee Library Wiki. I ran into some problems this time with bulk uploads that added to the rush of the day. It seems that when there is a conflict with a user name, just changing the username doesn’t upload all those names to your wiki. It does create accounts for them and I get an email telling me that they have been added but then they are unable to edit the wiki because they are not members. In the meantime, I changed the permission temporarily to public so that the students could create their pages. Wikispaces has been super helpful and adds the names as soon as I email them but it has made things a little tense.
Library classes with students has been pretty rushed. The second and third grade students are not only slower typists, as expected, but some are having trouble just remembering how to log on to the computers. This is basic stuff that I expect them to know by now but, fortunately most of the teachers are ready with the information. I think it means that the students have not been on the computers enough this year, or that helpful adults have been doing work-arounds for them. I hope to correct these problems in the next few weeks as they work in the library.
For the most part, the students are very excited about posting on the wiki. I’ve already seen them working from home. I can’t imagine what this year would have been like if we had not jumped into this Internet Wiki world and I certainly can’t imagine going back. Now I just need more time, for myself to be better prepared, for the students so they can complete work, for the teachers so they can be brave enough to take the plunge.