Actually, things went incredibly smoothly. My students had no technology issues like slow browsers or the like. Almost all of them are now enrolled in my courses on Edmodo, although I do have a few stragglers I’ll get to tomorrow. I went over the course syllabi with all of my classes and explained to my AP students how to register for their online textbooks. All in all, pretty successful for such a limited amount of time. With just a few housekeeping issues left, I should be able to begin teaching in each of my classes tomorrow.
Besides just having a successful day in terms of getting “stuff” done, here’s what I noticed as I talked to students and colleagues and walked around school today. I saw excitement and energy. I saw some anxiety and a little fear. I saw teachers helping teachers with computer issues and students helping students in the same way. I saw students teaching their teachers how to do something on the computer and vice versa.
Here’s what I didn’t see or hear. I didn’t see students or teachers having meltdowns. I didn’t hear too much negativity, although there’s always some, on the part of students or teachers. I didn’t see lots of computer problems like connection issues.
Now, granted, this was a very short day, and not all teachers even had their students use their computers. Nevertheless, I’m encouraged by what I saw and heard and by what I didn’t see and hear. All of which is to say, I’m excited for tomorrow and the next day.