Teachers are working together with the Seattle-based Technology Access Foundation to promote hands on learning through technology for their students.
At Tacoma’s Boze Elementary School, teachers are working to created a learning environment that engages students and stimulates their interests.
A lesson on earthquakes touched on many different aspects related to quakes, such as tectonic plates and tsunamis. Red Cross workers were also on hand to teach students how to prepare for disasters.
A group of fourth graders listened attentively to Red Cross worker Nathan Emory. “How long does an earthquake last?” he asked. Hands shot up with guesses of five minutes, two minutes, and others. Emory confirmed that a quake can last up to two minutes, but most average around 30 seconds.
The students are studying natural disasters, learning geology, weather patterns, and more. They are learning videography in order to help their community prepare for disasters through moving images. The guest speakers are part of the project based learning approach that brings learning alive to students.