Getting ready for my part of the eMentor Showcase at Converge on 24th and 25th November. The organisations assigned to me have been rattling along very well. Have visited Japara once, Rowville and OELP twice and Mulgrave once. Sadly, Mulgrave have had to withdraw from the project because of pressing commitments. Sue at OELP has been a revelation. Her technology skills are excellent and once we established that it was a wiki she wanted to set up, I only had to do a quick demo and she was off and away. She has mastered creating text and headings, hylperlinks, creating new pages, inserting anchors, uploading images and files and is looking at embedding mulitmedia for her low level literacy students.
Ros at Japara also has her wiki up and going. She also only needed one visit from me to work out what she was doing, her goals for the project and how to lay out the pages of the wiki and she completed the rest herself. She has mastered all the techniques mentioned above as well.
Everyone has now set up a blog and have made entries. This was new to all of them so they have had to learn about blogging along the way as well as about wikis, Blackboard Collaborate online classroom and Doodle, an online scheduler. Some participants are interested in exploring Jing so that will probably be our next demo in the online classroom.
Rowville had a seond visit yesterday to look at wiki layout and to see a demonstration of the online classroom as they have been unable to participate in the regional online sessions until now. Lisa and Kerry are going to be just fine and they have the backup of a Coonara wiki expert (trained by Yours Truly 😉 ) who can help out with some quick advice if I am unavailable.
Our fortnightly online sessions are progressing well and our last one for the year is coming up. My two eChamps are doing very well with their organisations and Claire, my newset recruit has been able to visit all of her eleaders now and start them off on their e-adventure. All-in-all a very satisfyling few weeks.