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Saturday, August 05, 2006

Start, Off To A Good

The first three days of school (teachers only) were good. I have to admit, though, that I have been more busy this year than the previous 5 years combined. I like it though.

We are beginning a new Student Information System this year. Infinite Campus is replacing the myriad of programs we have used for many years. I have been given the charge of training the teachers how to use their parts of the program. Students arrive Wednesday, and teachers will be taking attendance using IC at homeroom and in every class. I have had 3 out of 4 groups of teachers in the training sessions. The one group that has not received training was scheduled for Friday afternoon, but the internet was down. Ironic, huh!? The obvious question/concern follows..."why do we want to go web-based with such important information if this is something that can happen?" Progress.........I guess.

I have a screen capture video available for the first training session on taking attendance. More videos will follow as training continues throughout the year.

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On a separate note, I took the Praxis II test for the Library Media Specialist certification. It was at 7:30 this morning. I hate it when mornings and thinking go together. I feel good about my chances of passing. Most of my mornings and late evenings this summer were taken up preparing for this test. If I didn't make a good enough score, I don't get another shot on the Praxis since the state of Georgia is moving back to their own test, the GACE.

2 Comments:

At 2:40 PM, Anonymous Peder said...

We too are using IC and have been for a number of years. Our experience has been... well... less than pleasant. Of course, we started with a much older version of IC and many bugs have been worked out, but teachers still complain. Please keep us posted on how things progress!

 
At 3:47 PM, Anonymous Peder said...

Ric,

I stumbled across your blog and I'm glad to find a compatriot taking the leap into the world of web-based technology. I'm very curious how things are going for you... mainly, how your teachers are taking to the web-based grade book. We had an "interesting" experience here at my school... and the experience continues. Long story short, many teachers continue to use EZ Grade Pro and manually plug in their grades at the end of each term.

You've got a good blog here, but it hasn't been updated in a while... I expect that's due to the start of a new school year. Good luck, and keep us posted!

 

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