Monday, September 13, 2010

9/13 Welcome to Tech Trouble Shooting Day

Today was a day full of twists and turns in the tech trouble shooting world. There are times when we can't control everything that happens and most of the kids saw first hand today what happens with things go wrong. There are lots of ways to trouble shoot technology problems. The most important thing is to remember what applications were running and what you, as the user, were doing at the time when disaster hits. This helps us retrace steps.

Some students were able to show their products to the other block and Ms. Binder and I were very pleased about how the students behaved as audience members. We could see that a lot of effort was put in and many of the presentations have very sophisticated multi-media elements.

This week the focus will be on the students completing the Friedman notes and prepping their slide presentations. These presentations will be done in Google Docs, so students will not need to be checking laptops home unless they do not have access to the Internet. The purpose of these presentations is to teach the rest of the class a brief history of the 21st century as told by foreign affairs columnist and economist Thomas Friedman. These presentations are nothing fancy. The complexity comes from the information analysis, not the technology proficiency. It will be nice for the students to take a bit of a break from all the tech tinkering they have been doing. There are times when we just need to let things settle in and I believe we are at that point.

The students will also be learning about Final Cut Pro during class and experimenting with it.
I am very excited for our demo tomorrow.

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