Thursday, January 18, 2007

technology...powerful classroom tool or...

infuriating, morning-ruining, unreliable, ineffective let down.

uniblogs failed me big time. For the past couple of days it has been quirky and unreliable -- at various times I haven't been able to login, or once I've logged in it doesn't let me do anything. Not to mention it is soooo slooooow. Once I managed to get up one post, it has been impossible to even update my class blog with a simple post. Today was the day to set up my students with their usernames (in ENG106) and their own blogs (in ENG251). Well, if uniblogs was giving me this much of a headache, I couldn't imagine how my already skittish and skeptical students would do (and if you can't login, there is really not much point in having a username or a blog).

I spend all morning trying to get uniblogs to cooperate with me, with no luck. With ten minutes left on the clock before I have to leave the house, I am frantically trying to figure out my best alternative.

I left the house, and got almost all the way to school when I realized that I forgot a document at home that I hadn't saved to my flashdrive, and that I didn't know the password to one of my blogs (it was the mumble jumble of numbers and letters that I hadn't yet changed to something that actually makes sense to me). I would need the password to implement my newly forming plan, which was to have students attain their usernames and blogs directly through wordpress. I had to turn around and head home, and then realized I needed enough time to print out the document as our printer is out of ink. It's a sad, sad story, I know.

I began with such good intentions wanting to support edublogs and its sister uniblogs, but these technological tools failed me at the wrong time.

At the last minute before class I threw this site up on wordpress, but I still need to return to it and add what was on the original site. I changed the instructions for my ENG251 students so that they would utilize wordpress instead of uniblogs.

Today when I got back home, I discovered something is so very wrong with my computer. I don't know what, but it's running at a snail's pace...no, worse than that, and sounds like it is panting and heaving and never quite catching its breath.

Update: Now I've tried to post this entry three times, and it appears that blogger is having some issues. One could say it's not really my day....

15 comments:

kmiddleton said...

I SOOO feel your pain! Edublogs has a number of quirks--the one that is chapping my hide (and is miniscule in comparison to what you're finding here) is that in order to have two different class blogs, you need two separate usenames and passwords. I just couldn't bring myself to do it.

Good luck with the computer!

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