On Wednesday night, Sydney, Jevan, and I attended a meeting at Lytton Elementary School. The meeting was all about the "Connected Classroom" and it was really interesting. LES has joined Ashcroft and Lillooet in a partnership to tie the classrooms together using software and broadband.
While we were there all three classrooms were connected and we were introduced on the big screen. Top left: Aschroft, top right: Lytton (the three of us are in the bottom right corner), and bottom left: Cayoosh (Lillooet).
Miss Downs, principal of Ashcroft Elementary, spoke in length about the technology and I can see this leading to great things. Although the picture was a bit pixilated the quality of the live streaming was actually quite good. Mrs Haller, Sydney's teacher, told us the only other place that is currently doing this is in Quebec so it's a real honour that Lytton was chosen. The kids designed a banner and Sydney described the meanings to the other classrooms while we were there.
Sydney was also issued a laptop and was proud to show me :) My oh my, times have changed since I was in school!
Another interesting thing was the "Smart Board." You can use your finger or a pen and draw right on it. Eventually I believe the smart boards will be connected to the other classrooms so each class can see what students are writing.
Technology has certainly hit Lytton School and it's great that Sydney is right in the thick of it. :)