The laptops arrived on Thursday and our building tech spent the afternoon setting them up, which I was very grateful for.
That, however, is when the problems started. Here's the list of things that went wrong on Friday:
- There are three power switches on the charging cart, only one got turned on.
- The log-in screen only had teacher names.
- Using "other," only half of the students were able to log-in
- Students who could log-in kept getting an error message that would pop-up every 5 seconds, meaning they couldn't do any other work.
Luckily, all of my students were understanding, even if they were frustrated. I told them that I was frustrated too.
My next class was able to work with a district who happened to be in the building and get all 20 of the laptops working. I don't know the issues were but my students were patient enough to wait, help and be tech assistants. That was pretty cool to watch.
We were able to do some work on Moodle with embedded Wallwisher page. Day 1 with the laptops, despite frustrations, was decent. I'm looking forward to having everyone on the laptops this week and seeing how engagement increases.