Access. That’s what it’s all about.
This morning I had five nine-year-old Sun Ray computers in my classroom. This afternoon, I still had them, but I also had ten gleaming new laptops with–wonder of wonders–wireless access. The excitement in the classroom was palpable.
I should mention at this juncture that we do have to share these computers with three other classrooms, but that didn’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm today.
After a few words of explanation about what that red dot in the middle of the keyboard was, and how to use a wireless mouse (make sure you can see the word Microsoft when you push in the receiver), we were off.
Well, not quite. In our school, we all log in with “lastname.firstname”, and a few kids forgot this in their excitement, but we eventually sorted it all out. One pair of enterprising students who were being very fair in their sharing of the computer even tried to log in with the user name “Riley and Hayley”.
After that, the kids checked out each other’s blogs, read comments and took turns writing comments. It wasn’t perfect (“why do I have to have the last turn?”), but it was a great start. Oh, the places we’ll go…
Happy kids. Happy teacher.