Cool Schools: Using QR codes to teach gardening

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA9) -- Sometimes one of the most effective ways to learn something is to teach it to someone else.

Fifth graders at Sangster Elementary created digital presentations to teach kindergartners about gardening. They learned how to plant certain vegetables and flowers in a real garden behind the school.

Then to build their digital presentations they used Google apps. That enabled them to collaborate on the project from home, something sixth grader Lauren Porter found very valuable when it came to getting the project finished.

"We can work on it at the same time together and we both can edit it at the same time."

Porter and her partner planted a tomato in the real garden and their digital presentation showed a bruschetta recipe where that tomato could be used.

Technology Specialist Kristina Culkin came up with the lesson.

"They each have an account where the can access it from home not just at school, and there's the option for them to share their work with other students for comments."

After students finished their concept they created a QR code to link their presentation to a video or website. With one touch of an iPad, the five-year-olds could not only see the plants in the gardens behind the school, they could see what they could be used for once they were harvested.


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