You’d think after 12 years of teaching I would remember how looooooong it takes to do things on the network with my 1st graders. But sometimes I forget. You see, my kids are really good at finding their favorite links on my Delicious page or at using Groovy Shapes on the SmartBoard. So when we were working on saving our own copy of a file to the networked music folder I thought 5 minutes of the 20 minute class ought to be plenty of time to get everyone’s file saved. But I forgot that we’ve NEVER done this before.
So what ended up happening was that I spent 5 minutes being really stressed out that my first 2 classes couldn’t seem to get the files that they had just created saved into the correct location. But I’m happy to report that I finally wised up a bit by the third group of first graders!
With this group before we did any work we saved the file with the student’s name. First we did it together as a class with me working off the Smartboard. Then I brought up the folder where everyone’s file should have been. Any students whose names where in the folder could then proceed to work on their file or they could help their neighbor save into the correct folder. The key is that no one was allowed to do any work until their name appeared in the folder I had open on the board. By the end of the class everyone had a file created and that meant that when there was 2 minutes until they had to leave I could just say, “Click the disk to save” because we had already aimed the file into the right folder. This was much easier and less stressful!
By the way – my first graders have no idea what a disk is because they’ve never seen disk! Maybe it’s time to rethink the icon we use to indicate “save”.