About 20 ninth through 12th graders in
Visitors to the
"I chose 'croprobbers,' " one student said in the exhibit. "Before cattle were domesticated, they would eat farmers' crops. I eat meat and beef cattle gives you strength."
"Using primary sources and primary documents is an incredible way to get them engaged," Williams said. "They take a document or image, look at it and observe it, write down what they see and they reflect on it -- they put their own context to it."
"I chose the word 'cream' because cows produce the cream I love to drink," one student said.
The school has used programs from Guide By Cell, an audio guide company, at the student-run
For the students in the special day class, some of whom have more academic and social challenges than other special education students, learning to be comfortable speaking in public can be the most valuable part of the assignment, said
"It can be hard for kids," he said. Allowing students to get comfortable in a less threatening environment -- speaking into a phone -- is a good first step, he said.
"It's a safe way to do it in an effective manner -- to communicate what they learned to someone else," he said.
"They are also showing a new high-tech way of enjoying a display and being educated about it," she said.
"They have enlightened us with the phone interpretation," she said. "That is something we are going to pursue."
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