Every year I present the school’s laptop COW (computers on wheels) to my kindergarten class and they are generally successful, generally. In anticipation of their use today, I brought the COW into the classroom after school yesterday and powered it up. Their batteries are getting old now and they don’t hold the charge like they used to, so a full recharge was in order.
I like to check out the system I have created for the children to log-in to avoid unanticipated trouble. That is when my headache began.
Of the 23 slots in the COW, there were only 17 laptops. I have 18 (soon to be 19) students.
Four laptops were sitting on top with a variety of issues including no battery at all, missing key, strange characters, or just not turning on at all.
At least one laptop was missing my class log-in account with all its handy icons on the desktop for linking out quickly. I have yet to look at 2/3 of the laptops.
My day 1 icon, ThisIsSand.com did not load at all, saying it needs Java and Flash (I assume that means updates since I have used the program on day 1 for years.)
Symbaloo didn’t load on most. That was apparently due to an outdated Firefox browser.
I spent the next 90 minutes of my time updating the browser on a handful of computers and checking/reestablishing the Symbaloo link.
Today, I will introduce the children to Symbaloo.com. That is a big jump from ThisIsSand, where we usually begin, and I expect a fair amount of trouble.
Now I will head off to school extra early to try updating more laptop browsers so I have enough to at least do buddy work.
I am frustrated by this and even a bit cynical that I have to update the computers that are shared by the whole school.