Despite nearly 6,000 miles of distance, these sixth-graders at Kimball Elementary School were able to chat and laugh with classmate George Matua (who can be seen on the SmartBoard in the background) Wednesday, March 20, in the school’s science lab. George was in the country of Georgia for his grandmother’s 80th birthday. His classmates’ favorite thing was to hear him speak in Georgian. At this point, George had been gone nearly two weeks and he was near the end of his stay. Students here were all ready to sing “Happy Birthday” to George’s grandmother, but the wi-fi connection in Georgia was lost when the computer was moved. Even though having video and audio work simultaneously using Skype was a challenge, they all enjoyed being able to keep in touch.
Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua (in the light of full disclosure, George’s mom).