Monday, August 25, 2008

Frustration Venting

I don't know which is worse; the normal "We can't set up student accounts until we have all the students enrolled at the correct school" or the "We turn off the air conditioning when school is not in session" problem. While both of these are problems to me in my computer lab they make logical sense in the big picture, however they create a lot of pain for me in the computer lab.

The first problem means that students can log on one day and can't the next because their accounts are disabled while records are transferred. It also means that server based programs that require a log-in don't have the student names yet. Since the most commonly used program is server based and it is to be used on a daily basis, that creates a problem.

The second problem wouldn't normally be a problem except when I have to do maintaince on all the machines, which I don't have time to do except on the weekends. Since the air conditioning is off and my machines give off a lot of heat it gets very hot in my room. This causes the circuit breakers for my power to flip off. Also it only does this at a critical point like in the middle of defragging my drives. Thus I now have more maintaince to reformat hard drives or replace parts that were damaged by the surge from the circuit breaker. (Two machines from last weekend)

Between these two problems my class planning gets shot to pieces unless I double plan with alternate activities. A true pain. Hopefully sometime this week (it being Monday) the first problem will disappear as we get farther into the school year parents get done "moving" their child to the correct school and the student lists get loaded in the server (The people downtown really work their tails off to get this done as early as possible. I know this, I just yearn for a perfect world where all things get fixed before they are needed and supposed to be used.)The second problem will disappear with the advent of autumn and the seasonal drop in temperature, where turning off the AC/heater results in a cold room and the heat from the computers is a plus not a problem. (The joy)

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Been gone a long time.

Its nice to be back. No, really its great to be back. After having two major operations last spring followed by the summer off I am much happier to be back at work getting ready for the new school year.

I plan on making a stronger effort on this blog and have added a fourth blog for my video class. The 2nd blog was my robotics class and the third was my eighth grade Applied Technology class. The plan is to increase the postings on those blogs also.
So you can see I hope to greatly increase my use of this great resource.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Frustrations on commenting

I haven't posted on this blog because of the work I've done with my two class blogs and the State Agenda Chess Blog I've started. But recently I've experienced a problem that I want to get off my chest (so to speak).

About two weeks ago,(maybe a litte less) my students noticed that when they were doing comments on the class blogs the comment pages had a new format. There were four choices for comment signatures instead of three as there had been in the past. That was when the problem started. None of their commenting would get published. At first I thought Blogger had just stopped giving the them the Green text at the top of the comment page that told them the moderator had received the message. After all the comment signatures had changed maybe then had changed that also. But all 54 of my students comments that week never came to the moderator (i.e. me). The ones who have tried, including myself through the net, every time this week have not been successful at all. It's as if the Publish Comment button has been disabled.

I finally found a place I could contact Blogger/Google about this problem but have not heard back yet. Unsuprising, I created this post as soon as I was done e-mailing them. But I hope they either fix the problem or tell me how to fix the problem. I use the class blogs for weekly reflection journals and have found them to be a useful tool for feedback.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Starting Anew

Its been a long time. I didn't really do any blogs over the summer and then when the school year started up again we ran into so many problems I had no time to do anything on the blog. But with the new semester I've been able to get my other blogs up for my 7th and 8th grade classes so I figured I should start this one also.
A lot has happened since my last blog including a new room with three times the space of the old one. I'm still trying to find ways to link my new curriculums (8th grade is new this year. It was a three year phase in-- 6th, 7th, now 8th) The new room has solved some problems and created new ones. Although I think I have solved most of those new problems so far this semester. (Only Time Will Tell)