Students use 21st century tools to learn about solar system

Second grade students in Anne McEnery and Gabrielle Roberts’ second grade class at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School recently learned all about the solar system using 21st century learning tools.

The students visited the computer lab where Instructional Technology Teacher Michelle Girardi led the solar system lesson in Google Classroom. Students used touch screen Chromebooks to access Girardi’s online Google Classroom, and followed the links to a number of activities that included reading about the solar system and then taking an online quiz, arranging the planets in order of distance from the sun, and submitting a fact about a planet along with its  drawing to their teacher — all with the touch of a finger.

Students also used tablets to scan QR codes that gave them access to dozens of ebooks on the solar syStem that they were able to read directly on their tablet. A QR code, or Quick Response Code, is a machine-readable code consisting of an array of black and white squares, typically used for storing URLs or other information for reading by the camera on a smartphone or device.