Taking over the Lab

Today I had both my 4th graders in the lab working on Glogster and my 6th graders working on their Wikis.

I was very proud of my 4th graders. Many of them have now completed their research and are ready to move onto glogging. At first, there seemed to be two extremes that most of the kids fell into – directly plagiarizing from the databases or writing their own incomprehensible sentences. I think today Ms Doyle and I have hammered them out to a fine medium. I can’t wait to see their completed glogs!

My 6th graders, on the other hand, had some problems today. I had several students who were not present for the initial Wiki lesson and I had to spend a lot of time getting them caught up. Then, disaster struck – my students discovered how to send messages to each other through WikiSpaces. They spent more time doing that than finishing their glogs. Maybe, though, if they see this as a helpful site, they will be more inspired to work on their Wikis. I’m going to stress with them that they can comment on each others wikis and hopefully that will channel some of this energy.

There was some good news, however. I had two students who worked on their Wikis over the weekend and completed them. They were able to assist some of the other students.

Only a few more sessions and we should have both the Wikis and the Glogs done. Then onto VoiceThreads!

Published in: on April 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. Thanks for the great post! You are doing a great job with integrating the technology.

    As far as the issue of messaging, have your students go into their accounts and turn that off. Thanks for flagging the issue.

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