“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world!”
Yesterday, we ALL went to PERU! Yup! You read that right … THAT’S the MAGIC of SKYPE! This was our FIRST “trip” to Peru this year and, boy, were WE excited!
Technology has helped us to FLATTEN the walls of our classroom, and brought the world to US! You see, Ashli is in Peru right now. She has been SO good about sharing her experiences with us and helping to answer our “I wonders” about this beautiful South American country.
True to form, we had a TON of questions … and SO did the OTHER four classes that JOINED us! Ashli was in the small rural weaving village of Ollantaytambo, (pronounced O-yawn-teh-tom-bo), when she Skyped with us yesterday!
What follows are our reflections from this amazing Skype:
“Yesterday we Skyped with Ashli. She’s in Peru right now. No Ashli is in a town called Ollantaytambo. She gave us a little tour of the town. It’s mostly just mountains, mountains and more mountains. Ashli said it was very hot. Did you know that there are only two seasons in Peru? Wet season and dry season!” ~Alex
“That was awesome! We Skyped with Ashli AGAIN! Her internet got cut off and we were upside down on the web cam. Ashli went to get on a roof just to Skype with us. When she called us on the roof we were right side up. Yay, everyone said!!! At the end of the Skype she gave us a view of the town she was in. I hope we get to Skype with Ashli in Peru again!” ~Amy
“Ya! My class Skyped with Ashli! She told us about the town of Ollantaytambo. They speak Spanish and Quechua. On December 17, 2013, when Ashli was there, there were five earthquakes in one day. Most people spent their time outside because some roofs fell in. It was horrible! I can not wait until the next Skype!” ~Hilary
“On December 17th we Skyped with Ashli for the third time! She was in Ollantaytambo. After 14 minutes we lost connection. We tried everything until … she was on her roof! She figured out there was better internet on the roof there! And, before we hung up she showed us an amazing view! Some people said oooooo ahhhhhh when they saw the view!!! My favourite part was when she told us about five small earthquakes! Some people there thought their roof would fall down so … they slept outside! Some people weren’t scared. I had fun Skyping with Ashli in Ollantaytambo!” ~Isaac
“Woo hoo! We got to Skype with Ashli yesterday! She was in Ollantaytambo, (Oll-a-n-tan-bo), in Peru. I can’t believe that we got to Skype with someone on a different continent!!! That’s all blog readers! No! I forgot … there were five small earthquakes … some roofs fell in! Now that’s all, readers! Bye!” ~Kale
“Hello! Yesterday, my class had a Skype with Ashli. My favourite question was what do Peruvians do for Christmas? Well … they spend time with their family but they have no presents. It’s more a religious holiday. I loved the ruins on Pinkyluna, the mountain. They were so pretty! Our internet got cut off so Ashli ran to the top of a roof for a go at internet. I wish I could be there all day!” ~Ethan
“I wonder what Ollantaytambo looks like, I said to myself before we started our Skype. We all got settled on the carpet. Okay, everyone, Mrs. Renton said … and we started the SKYPE! The Skype was on but the screen was upside down and Ashli said it was okay that we were upside down. Half way through, the internet got cut off so Ashli ran up to a roof and the internet was back on! I could not believe that it was in real life that we were seeing the town of Ollantaytambo! The coolest thing was we saw hikers on a MOUNTAIN! I want to go and by stuff at the store!” ~Zyne
“The Grade Three classes got to Skype with Ashli! She was in Ollantaytambo. She showed her godson to us. He was playing cars. One person asked if they decorate at Christmas. Ashli said they do it more as a family, with friends, as a religious celebration. The internet got cut off! Also before the screen was doing funny things. She knew that the roof had good internet. She also told us that there were five mini earthquakes. I asked Zyne to ask my question. She said she works with six weaving villages. In one area the weaving is softer but in another area the weaving is more rough and thick. Skyping with Ashli was FUN! I wish I could go to Peru because of the Skype!” ~Daniel
“Chhhhhkkkk! Oh NO! The internet connection got cut off! I hope we can still Skype, Jenna shouted! I didn’t know that. I thought they only spoke Spanish. Ashli told us Peruvians also speak Quechua in the Andes regions. But not all Peruvians speak Quechua. They do in Ollantaytambo! I hope we can Skype again!” ~Cohen
“Yesterday I was shocked about what interesting facts Ashli told us. It was cool when Ashli told us she was sitting on the roof top. And, it was scary that there were five earth quakes yesterday. Ashli told us that the people had to sleep outside because they were all scared that their houses were gonna fall. Several roofs even caved in. See you on our NEXT Skype!” ~Lane
“Oh oh! We were Skyping with Ashli! Guess what … while we were Skyping with Ashli the internet went out. Ashli had to run, with her laptop, to another house with more internet connection. She had to go on the roof. It was a rare day. It was the wet season, (summer), and it usually is raining during the wet season but it was sunny! That Skype with Ashli was awesome!” ~Noam
“Brriiinnnng. The Skype was opening. Yesterday we were Skyping with Ashli. She was in PERU! Her house was in the town of Ollantaytambo! Ollantay was a general. Tambo means place. My favourite part was when she showed us the view from the roof. I LOVED it! Christmas there is not like the Canadian Christmas. The Peruvian Christmas is more religious and about friends and family. The Skype was wonderful. I hope the Grade Threes have another Skype with Ashli after the winter break!” ~Martin
“Uh oh! Is this the end of our Skype? we were Skyping with Ashli … and then the internet connection broke! We waited for a few minutes. Soon we figured out that when the internet broke she put on sunscreen and went out and onto a roof because she knew it had good internet connection. That reminded her about how last year she tried to climb a mountain and show the last year’s Grade Threes the view, but the internet got cut off when she climbed a quarter of the mountain! When it was time to stop the Skype she showed us a view of Ollantaytambo. I hope to see it again!” ~Peng Peng
“That’s amazing I thought to myself. Ashli had five earthquakes. The earthquakes blew some of the roofs in. The people were very scared. The houses weren’t very strong. On Christmas in Peru they light up lights in some towns. In Peru the lights sign different songs. Some people in Peru only wear their traditional clothes for celebrations!!! It was awesome Skyping with Ashli!!!” ~Aya
“Yesterday me and my class and four other classes Skyped with Ashli … but no Zoe. That’s sad. We started to Skype with Ashli but then there were some internet connection problems. So Ashli had to run up to the top of the house she was staying in in Peru. The houses in Peru are made of stone or adobe walls and tin roofs. When we Skyped with Ashli she said that the day before we Skyped with her there were five little teeny tiny earthquakes. Skyping with Ashli was fun. I hope I can Skype with Ashli and Zoe after winter break!” ~Claire
“We talked with Ashli in Peru. I asked Ashli if it was winter or summer.” ~Sam
“As we were at school writing in our journals Mrs. Renton said today we were having a Skype with Ashli. Then it was the afternoon and then Mrs. Renton said to come to the carpet. Four classes joined us! Then suddenly Ashli lost her internet. But then we tried to video call her again. It worked. When we continued everyone noticed that Ashli was on a roof! We got to ask questions like how many seasons are there in Peru? Well, Ashli said, there are only two seasons. Before she had to leave, she gave us a tour! I will never forget what we did today!” ~Kelly
“That’s so cool I thought to myself. There is only two seasons in Peru. Dry season, winter, and wet season, summer. I wish I lived there. Those are my favourite seasons. Did you know that in Peru where Ashli was, in Ollantaytambo, tambo means place and ollantay was a general. You know what? I had the best time ever!” ~Kennedy
“Ollantaytambo! That’s the name of the town we Skyped with Ashli from. She told us that Ollantaytambo is the village she was staying in for a little bit. They celebrate Christmas. They have lights that sing all these different Christmas songs. That’s funny! Ashli said it was a bit strange, (because a bunch of different songs would be playing at the same time LR). I hope we get to have a Skype again!’ ~Jenna
“There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.”
~ Walt Streightiff
We still have SO many questions!