A class project to have kids create a walking tour with videos and QR codes is a win-win for teachers and students. The fifth graders enjoyed time outside the classroom as well as learning important lessons in history, teamwork, and technology.
The students from Greenport Elementary School in Long Island, New York created videos about local landmarks in Southold Town, and attached them to QR codes. They created a walking tour that honors the town’s 375th anniversary and can educate everyone in the village.
“For some people that don’t really know about the history of Greenport, when they see videos of this, they can learn about what happened,” said student Julio Coctomas.
Last spring, Southold Town contacted schools and asked them to collaborate with a digital storytelling project honoring the anniversary. In addition to the students from Greenport, students from Oysterponds Elementary produced a video about the history of the local whaling industry.
The videos produced by the Greenport fifth graders were short educational clips. When the QR codes on a local map of the walking tour are scanned, the videos can be accessed.