These first few weeks in our school system have been filled with technical difficulties. Although our IT personnel are working hard to resolve issues with the new image that was placed on our laptops, major tech problems make it difficult to run a successful 1:1 program.
One of the problems we’ve been having is saving documents, pictures, and other important things we are working on. We try to be as paperless as possible, and to upload documents and other creations to many of the Web 2.0 sites that are the backbone of our program, involves having to save them first!
The second problem is that our system blocks Google Docs for the kids. Not exactly sure why, but that is our reality at this time. So, that wonderful alternative for moving all our document creation to the cloud is out.
The good news is we have found a GREAT solution! This past week I had all my kids create a ZohoWriter account. ZohoWriter allows them to create, share, and collaborate on all kinds of documents and other projects. Its format is familiar looking for them, and very user-friendly. They have been raving about it ever since, and have asked to do many of their written assignments there even though our Saving issues (to the school server) are slowly being resolved.
This is great news for me as a teacher because it allows my kids to become much more independent and gets them used to the cloud computing that is inevitable in their future. We are no longer strapped by what the IT gods have fixed or not fixed. It is wonderful to see the kids take on the responsibility for their learning tools!
Stay tuned, I’ll continue to share more about our journey to the clouds!