For our second day of class, Mindtap was a little troublesome, but everyone was patient and we all finally got it figured out. Abby and I walked around and helped folks get set up. One of the problems was that student accounts were looking different than what we were shown at orientation and what Abby was accustomed to. We also had the expected trouble with turning off pop-up blocking. Once we were all in, it was smooth sailing with showing them the online textbook and how to do the auto-graded assignments.
Abby also showed the students the LiveSafe app and gave them the chance to download it, which I really appreciated. I think it showed the students that we care about their safety and it is actually on our minds. I’m also going to put it on my phone for Monday nights because I don’t get done on campus until 8:30 and my walk to my bus stop in the dark is a little scary. I’ll use the SafeWalk feature to get from the library to my bus and then from the bus to home with my brother on the other end. He will definitely appreciate knowing I’m safe without him having to come pick me up.
So far three students have come to my office and they all seemed happy when we were done, so I feel good about that! The second two students were just sitting with me to borrow my copy of the Pirate Read because theirs hadn't come in yet, but it still helped them have one less thing to worry about during this stressful first week when things are prone to go wrong and overwhelm students.
In class I’ve also decided to sit at the very back, not to distance myself from Abby or the students, but so I can see everyone’s device. Everyone has been on task so far, so I’m not sure if that will ever become a problem or not. So being able to see devices should also help me know who’s having trouble with Blackboard or MindTap or even connecting to the Wi-Fi to begin with. I think that will give me the chance to help them sooner because it does seem like students would sometimes rather sit in silence with nothing on their screen and fall behind instead of asking Abby to slow down or repeat a step or ask for help (because asking for help is scary, especially when it seems like everyone else is not having a problem).
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