Good old technology!
Last night I Skyped (internet telephone) with my colleague Marlyn. I had spotted a little photo montage on another blog which said flickr.com above it. On further exploration I realised that it led to an amazing bit of software that allows you to post photos in the way you can see in the blog. So Marlyn and I decided we just had to have one for ours. Two heads are definitely better that one and despite the fact that we are geographically so far apart Skyping and typing and internet accessing all at the same time led to two happy bunnies and little sets of photos on our respective blogs. But...if you are looking at this blog in a school in Argyll you will not see the photos, just a wee empty box as iGear blocks it.
Today one of my P2's wanted to go on the internet to play some games on poissonrouge.com- a great website for infants. We set it up on the interactive whiteboard for big play but unfortunately the internet access was too slow and some of the pages wouldn't load. I certainly hope the authority gets all this bandwidth sorted soon as we will not be able to use the amazing resources that are out there properly until then.
In the morning we did sums with the sum machine from the numeracy area of ready resources on the board. I designated our only P1 to be the board master-she had to press all the right numbers and buttons to make take away stories of 11 whilst the P2's worked out the answers. At the end of the session she received a round of applause for her excellent command of the board. Again, what at first glance appeared a pretty mundane activity became an absorbing and engaging activity for all-even the one who couldn't work out the answers,but she really knows the number 11 now!