Second graders in Sunset Elementary School teacher Cheryl Arnett's class listen and record the oral history of Craig community member Bill Rippy Thursday morning at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Arnett's class created QR codes to place next to exhibits at the museum.

Photo by Darian Warden

Second graders in Sunset Elementary School teacher Cheryl Arnett's class listen and record the oral history of Craig community member Bill Rippy Thursday morning at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. Arnett's class created QR codes to place next to exhibits at the museum.

Sunset Elementary 2nd-graders preserving history with technology

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What: Sunset Elementary School second grade QR code event

When: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday

Where: Museum of Northwest Colorado

Cost: Free

— Cheryl Arnett’s second-graders are preserving the stories of older generations with modern day technology.

The Sunset Elementary School students have been using iPads to record the oral histories of Craig community members speaking about their experiences and knowledge concerning exhibits at the Museum of Northwest Colorado in Craig.

The students then upload the videos to YouTube and create a Quick Response code to place next to the exhibits.

Visitors can scan the QR code using their smartphones or tablets, which then will take them to the video on YouTube.

The videos are about 15 minutes long and include speakers such as Myrtle Bates, Kate Peroulis, Bill Rippy and others.

The second-graders will host an open house event from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Museum of Northwest Colorado. The community is invited to attend and bring smartphones and tablets to scan QR codes and view the videos students have been working on.

Second-grader Evan Atkin said it’s important to share the stories with people who haven’t lived in Craig very long, and Alexis Jones said it was important to know the history of the town.

Second-grader Gabriel Lowther added the class had read that histories are the maps to help us on our journeys.

As well as recording oral histories, the students have written their own, “Remember When,” stories they recorded and uploaded to Youtube.

Aftyn Kawcak said it was good to learn to use technology at a young age so she can teach others when she’s older.

“And it’s really fun,” Aftyn added.

Taylor Germond said technology has helped in all aspects of learning, especially math.

“It’s helped me get faster and better,” Germond said.

Darian Warden can be reached at 970-875-1793 or dwarden@craigdailypress.com

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