What are your memories from when you were in the third-grade? I remember watching cartoons on TV and reading story books. This was close to two decades ago.

Times have now changed, children these days are well versed with the latest gadgets and technologies. Besides being aware, they are even putting their knowledge to good use.

Earlier we saw how teachers can use QR Code in classroom to engage students. Today we’ll see hoe students are using QR Codes.

Students from a third-grade class in Scituate, Massachusetts, have set up QR Code plaques at 10 landmarks in the city.

North Scituate Elementary School

North Scituate Elementary School

Scanning these QR Codes will lead to a page with more information on the historical site. Every article on these sites has been researched and written by third-grade class students from the North Scituate Elementary School.

North Scituate Elementary School

“They’ve become readers, writers, and historians all at the same time.”  – Paula DiLuglio, Teacher at North Scituate Elementary School

The QR Code project is backed by the Rhode Island Foundation. The Carter Family Charitable Trust funds this Foundation

The foundation gave the students a USD 10,000 grant. The money helped the students set up QR Codes and install computers at the class to help with their research.

Besides articles on the origin of the site, the QR Code also links to vintage pictures, video, and newspaper clippings.

Paula adds,

“In addition to all the technological skills these kids have, they have used primary sources at the Town Hall, too.”

Earlier in March 2017, a boy scout from North Attleboro, Massachusetts helped city authorities put up QR Code plaques. Like the Scituate QR Codes, these QR Codes linked to a page with the town’s history.

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