|One of our 40 new Lenovo Chromebooks.|
- Preparing the new carts and labeling the shelves;
- Unboxing the laptops, unwrapping contents, inserting battery into laptop;
- Labeling the laptops and chargers;
- Wiring the carts/plugging in the chargers;
- Putting the laptops in the cart
On Tuesday, we began this process with the fifth grade tech team. In about 40 minutes, they were able to finish unboxing and labeling fifteen of the laptops and chargers, and most of those were wired into the cart. Both carts were also labeled for each laptop, so students would know where to put them. The early release day gave me some additional time after school to meet with the members of the fifth and fourth grade teams that volunteered to stay. The fifth grade team helped fill the fourth grade team in on what they were working on, and they caught on very quickly. It only took about forty-five minutes to finish unboxing and labeling the rest of the laptops, wiring the carts, and putting the laptops onto the shelves.
|Makenzie, in grade 5, leads Justin and Emma, grade 4,|
through the process.
|Ellis, grade 4, entering the serial number of his group's|
Chromebook into the spreadsheet so they can be verified.
|Genesis, Justin and Emma, helping to move Macbooks|
|The two Chromebook carts, ready for use.|
Among our other projects was burning copies of the CDs of the leadership songs the students made with Mr. Cannon. Our goal is to make a copy for every student in the building to bring home. That's about 220 CDs! The CDs take around 3-6 minutes to burn. Students began helping to make copies last week; the fifth graders on Wednesday and the fourth graders on Thursday. The good thing about burning CDs is that it can be done in the background while the students are working on something else. So, they "multitasked" while doing it. Multitasking can be a challenge for younger students, but I think they did a nice job of managing it overall.
On the early release day, we did some more multitasking (more on that later), and burned about 90 CDs in less than two hours! Along with what we burned in the previous week, that gave us nearly all the CDs we needed. Now, we are just waiting for labels so we can apply those to the CDs, and then we can start sending them home.
|Mckenzie, grade 5, and Emma working on inventorying|
a robotics kit.
While students were burning CDs, they were also inventorying LEGO robotics kits. Given the nature of these kits and how students use them, pieces get mixed up and lost all the time. It is important to do an inventory so I know which kits are missing which materials, and replenish them (I have a couple of tubs of "spare parts." I had four fourth graders and four fifth graders there, so I had each fifth graders partner with a fourth grader for this task. Each group got quite a ways into the inventory, so I just need to follow up on what they didn't finish. Still, a great start to the inventory process, as I have ten kits to inventory in total.
As you can see, we were hard at work this past week! I'm looking forward to what the new year brings!