Notes from a Laptop

February 23, 2009

The day the server went down…

Filed under: Computers!,General comment — Lindajay @ 8:05 pm

We expected the worst when we heard that the server room had been flooded at school. Thus all access to networked computers, the Internet, email and printing was impossible. What to do?

It seemed at every turn, the tasks we planned to do were unachievable. There was no access for students to log in and check their email, no access to their school files to print off that last minute assignment, and no access to that new web site that they had heard about on the weekend. (But of course they turned on the computers anyway!)

Teachers had been trying to get onto the school server all weekend to upload a few new files they had worked on at home, ready for the new school week. Emails hung somewhere in the ethernet, and messages lingered at a frustratingly short distance – to be released in a flood when things were back to normal, I guess.

So what were we able to do in our day at the library?

Firstly, studies had to rearranged – the dank musty conditions were not suited to staying all day in the library. Where do you send 127 seniors in the first periods of the day? And who will supervise them? And how do you explain to them – NO LIBRARY / NO COMPUTERS.

Staff was also evacuated – with several asthmatics amongst us, the conditions were not conducive to remaining all day in the library – thankfully, the Junior School  library space had been saved from the damage of the downpour.

However, none of this stopped the calls from teachers – wanting to use the library space for research and computer access (sorry, we are busy moving furniture; no sorry, I am giving more attention to mopping up soaks; no sorry, we don’t have computer access or internet either!) – but perhaps they were planning ahead – though I can’t see things back to normal for a while yet.

I give up – time to escape – I need to access the ‘Transforming School Libraries’ course. I’m done! I’m going home! At least the internet works there – till tonight’s storm (which might cut it out all together!) Glad I had a look when I first arrived home!

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February 21, 2009

Time to Revive!

Filed under: General comment,Web 2.0 — Lindajay @ 10:19 am

tsl2This blog has been neglected of late, while trying to encourage others to get on board with Web 2.0 tools – which is a bit illogical when you think about it (though the time has been dedicated to another teaching blog). It’s now time to revive it, as I am currently participating in an online conference, Transforming School Libraries, which aims to share ideas and inspire each other internationally.

Indeed, ideas are coming thick and fast and we are being ‘thrown in the deep end’, as we navigate a new workspace where we ‘meet’ for the next 9 days. Therefore, this will be a great place to reflect on some of the ideas I glean from the conference, and a place to collect further international links as others share what they have found to work in schools (school libraries, in particular – see the Blogroll to the right). It will also link, I hope, to the planned Web 2.0 instructions I can use for peer tutoring at school this year.

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