arts integration, Australia, biome, Daintree, iPad, lower elementary, QR code, rainforest, research, technology
A few short years ago most of us were not privy to QR codes and their door-opening possibilities. They were certainly on items we purchased and slowly crept onto the books and videos (yes, videos…remember them?) that we checked out to enjoy in our homes. However, they weren’t used by individuals and seemed like “computer speak” that we could not be a part of. That was a few years ago. Now they are everywhere and anyone with a smart phone or tablet is able to easily “read” them.
In the lobby of WMS there is a wonderful replication of a rainforest biome created by the students in Room 17. It is a beautiful display of the creatures, plants and habitats in the Daintree Rainforest in Australia. This year you will notice that there are QR codes at several points as you venture through this rainforest. Please take a moment to listen to the children tell you about their animals and what they have learned through this project. It is delightful to hear about their work in their voices. You don’t have to sign up for a tour as you can go on a self-guided tour with the students there sharing their knowledge. If the iPad is being charged, download a QR reader on your phone, scan and listen. Interactive learning is at your fingertips.
Enjoy the tour!