February 13, 2018 > Hi-Tech Missions
Submitted By Kathy Miranda
Every year, students in the 4th grade at St. Edward School in Newark complete a month-long project on the 21 California Missions as part of their Social Studies curriculum. In the past, projects have typically been handmade buildings constructed with creative materials to create a small replica of their mission. Lately, through the use of technology, students? mission projects have been taking on a new twist. This year, two of the projects used new technology.
Maeve Van Bibber created a detailed replica of Mission Santa Ines using the video game Minecraft. Using an application called Bandicut, she not only created an exterior view of the mission, but also a detailed interior, resulting in a detailed digital tour and voiceover.
Chloe Talaugon presented a 360 Virtual Reality tour of Mission San Luis Rey de Francisca. Her tour was created using Samsung Gear Virtual Reality application and glasses. Students are lining up to try out this new way of touring Talaugon?s mission.
Saint Edward has integrated technology in many subjects. Students in grade 4-8 have their own Chromebooks so technology can be used in any class when needed. It has been exciting to see student learning integrate with advances in research and technology.