As I have mentioned previously, the wisdom that comes with experience has played a great role in the introduction of iPods to 8A this year. I hope that by sharing the minutae of our teaching and learning practice that others to follow (as surely they must) will benefit.
The wireless internet infrastructure in our school is of a hit and miss nature when it comes to iPod connectivity. I am tempted, if the moment takes me, to set forward with my iPod in one hand and a school map in the other, and to map all the black spots. Some places it’s lightning fast and impressive, others it is…….not. In their endeavours to fix this, the kids are sometimes tempted to fiddle further with their network settings, making it worse. There are still some students who haven’t managed to get online at all in week one. I am going to make up a document with our technician this week with a series of screen shots so kids are able to check against this that the details are entered correctly. I will laminate this and make it available when necessary, saving both myself and our technician a lot of time. (more…)