Monthly Mondays with Meghan: Getting Over the Tech Hump with your Students
‘Twas the night before Edcite, when all through the house,
not a teacher was stirring, not even a mouse!
The assignment was designed and created with care,
in hopes that the students would answer the questions there.
When the next day began there arose such chatter,
I sprang from my desk to see what was the matter.
“How do I scroll?”
“Do I click on one word or the sentence as a whole?”
I ran to my board, to my students gave a whistle,
and taught them the basics before the end-of-day dismissal.
As I packed up my things, they heard me proclaim,
“Before rolling out Edcite, there are skills to explain!”
All this to say – the first time I used Edcite in my classroom, I excitedly told my students to open their chromebooks, login to Edcite, click on the assignment and eagerly exclaimed, “You may begin!” Note to self: Make sure computers are on and functioning before doing anything, because within the first 5 minutes there were far more hands in the air and confused faces than I had bargained for! They were loving the new experience and Edcite layout; however, they had a lot of questions regarding technology and computers in general. After hearing a few of their questions, I paused the entire class, taught the lessons I am about to share with you and then had them continue on with the assignment.
|One important detail to note: Given the need for the following lessons – the first time you use Edcite in your classroom, plan for an additional 10-15 minutes to teach some of these essential skills!|
Now, onto the 4 lessons I wish I had planned for–in hopes that your start with Edcite can be smooth sailing!