Students at Jefferson Elementary were able to use technology to help them learn about slavery in their social studies class today. As part of studying Black History Month, the students used Ipads to learn what choices a slave might face. The exercise presents the students with many different choices, such as what items to bring if they attempt escape, and who to speak with to gather information. All of the choices the students make determine the outcome of the exercise – freedom or capture.
Not only does this exercise attempt to expose the students to the many issues of living as a slave, it encourages them to share ideas with each other and get more experience with technology.
The overall exercise kept the students engaged during their entire period, but the most unique part of this, was this all stemmed from an idea a student presented to Erin Kruckenberg, fifth-grade teacher at Jefferson.
Kudos to both the students and staff at Jefferson for incorporating new ways to learn into the curriculum at Jefferson.