Volunteer Mike Thomas (standing) works with fourth graders Spencer Ambrose, Colton Tucker and Robert Richie, from left, as they install a QR code stand in the outdoor classroom at Barkley Bridge Elementary School. | Clif Knight
Volunteer Mike Thomas (standing) works with fourth graders Spencer Ambrose, Colton Tucker and Robert Richie, from left, as they install a QR code stand in the outdoor classroom at Barkley Bridge Elementary School. | Clif Knight

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BBES adds QR codes in outdoor classroom

Published 12:44pm Thursday, November 7, 2013

Barkley Bridge Elementary School observed “Fall Fix-up Day” at its outdoor classroom on Wednesday with routine maintenance and a major improvement taking place.

QR codes were installed at the classroom’s eight learning stations. This code, which is placed inside a waterproof cover on a four-foot by four-foot post, will make the classroom accessible via wireless -devices once the school becomes wireless ready.

“When we become a wireless school, we will have a technology integrated outdoor classroom,” said teacher Joy Thomas, outdoor classroom coordinator.

“For example, anyone who wants to glean information about the Journey North Garden or any of the others may do so simply by accessing its code and reading about it on a wireless device such as an iPhone,” she said.

Students, teachers and parent volunteers prepared the classroom for the winter months by removing dead vegetable plants from raised beds and replacing them with winter flowering plants, planting tulip bulbs in the Journey North Garden, pruning shrubs and weeding planted areas throughout the classroom.

Participation was on a revolving schedule with each class working in the outdoor classroom for a class period, beginning at 8 a.m. with the fourth grade.

Other learning stations in the classroom are identified by title as follows: Alabama Garden, Yellow Bellied Sapsucker, Destination Sign, Official Journey North, Music, Bog/Rain Garden,  Butterfly Garden and Weather Station.

 

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