It Must’ve Been The Game
The downloading issues, and extreme slowness at school on Friday, I figure it must have been because every staff member and credit student was tuned into the Olympics hockey game. I was thinking that maybe this speed is just how it is, that I’m going to have to get used to it. Then I went home.
I don’t always take my work home, but when I get started on something, I usually want to finish it. Especially if it’s cool. So I loaded up the home PC and tried again to get through the material in Unit 3 of Stage 4. It was lightning fast. Point, click, video… So I downloaded Hot Potatoes, WebSequitur, and WebRhubarb. And the downloads did not take 1.5 hours. Done in minutes.
Plan for My Course
The next thing I have to do is to start laying out the course and then create some Web 2.0 material for the group. I am a visual person, so I need to see the course. I’m going to need to set up a calendar, because I don’t want any time-related surprises. Often I think of the course in 12 evenly distributed 1-week chunks. I forget stuff like PD days, minor holidays, field trip days. I’ve already got at least 5 field trip days planned, so already, 5 days gone.
From what I’ve learned already in Stage 4 (which, by the way, never ever google “stage 4” thinking you’re going to find a clever graphic), I know that I am going to look more into developing a WebQuest for the group. I like that idea quite a bit, and think that it will work well with a Retail theme.
My Short List
- make up a calendar for the next retail class
- field trip plan: Fabricland, Bridal/Tuxedo shops (for fitting language), The Bay, Fanshawe College (Costume Design), WIL
- enter the outlines into the course
- find out how to add the students to the course (in Stage 3, I was given a number of logins)
- start creating material using Hot Potatoes
- talk with Jim about what I’m supposed to be doing (maybe this should be first…)
I knew I was always going to do Stage 4, and now I wish I had budgeted my time better back in January so I could have started it sooner. There is a lot to get to know. And the Unit/Topic #3 stuff? I def. will be watching the videos more than once, especially once I start putting the material together.
I wish that there was a larger Stage 4 community so we could bounce ideas off of each other. As it is, if you look at the forum, there hasn’t been action there in a year in some cases. I feel like I’m the only person on the planet doing Stage 4. And I know that one of my colleagues is as well. We had once been logged on at the same time, and I excitedly sent her a message from the site, but never heard back. You have to know to check your messages or they all just sit there in the virtual mailbox forever.