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Elementary students teach teachers how to use apps

Created: 02/12/2014 10:47 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Northstar Elementary in the Northeast Heights was packed today with students and teachers getting ready for a learning lesson, but it's a different kind of learning lesson.

18 fourth and fifth graders taught their teachers how to use apps. The project was spear-headed by April Requard--the school's technology director. She says these kids are digital natives.

"They've never lived in a world where the Internet didn't exist. It's time for them to be able to show that to teachers who are afraid of using this kind of technology," Requard said.

The teachers hopped from table to table--ten to be exact--and learned how the apps work.

Some of the apps include how to design book reports, draw and tell figures, and make movies!

It's a lot to learn in a short period of time.

Requard said that it's a speed round type of thing, where they go from each app and they only have three and a half minutes to do so.

One of the students, Camryn Wharff, said it was really fun.

"You're the teacher for the day and they get to listen to you instead of you having to listen to them all the time," Wharff said.

No matter the age, we can always learn something new, even from those who are usually learning from us.

Both the technology director and principal of Northstar Elementary hope that type of learning spreads out district-wide.


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