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Fairview Elementary students learn to respect technology

Two Buncombe County educators are using Discovery Education resources to make their classrooms more challenging and exciting. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Two Buncombe County educators are using Discovery Education resources to make their classrooms more challenging and exciting.

The Fairview Elementary teachers attended a workshop last summer and are sharing what they've learned with their students and co-workers.

In Jennifer Tatum's fifth-grade classroom, students are learning about the human body. They're using the Discovery Education program, which provides safe media to the students to research and present the science information they've gathered.

Emily Fagan's students are just a classroom away. They're doing group research to find out information about World War I. It is background work for reading the novel "Pax," which is about a boy and his fox during that time period. The students also make video presentations of what they're learned.

"You could choose which one fit the scene best and then line them all up," fifth-grader Colin said. "And then make the video and then post it, and other people could comment on it. You could do selfies and add all sorts of stuff, but we're not allowed to do that because, as Ms. Tatum always said, then it would be a toy not a tool."

Tatum and Fagan said they are working with other teachers to share what they have learned from the Discovery Education program. They said the technical tools take a mundane lesson and get students engaged and involved in the learning process.

"I like the challenges we use, like when we are doing our stations. We have some stuff that you can learn, some easy stuff, and then you have to do a little bit of harder stuff, too, to explain what you learned," fifth-grader Sarah said.

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