PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Fourth and fifth graders at Burgaw Elementary recently received new technology for a new style of learning. It is what they are calling the "Walking Classroom."
The Walking Classroom allows the students to listen to one of over 100 podcasts on topics in science, social studies, and language arts.
The students go on "brisk 20-minute walks" as a class while listening to the podcasts on the "WalkKit."
The Walking Classroom allows for the kids to get out of their seats and get their body's moving without sacrificing instructional time.
"I am excited to provide another learning method for students," said Latisha Beatty, 21st Century Site Coordinator at Burgaw Elementary. "Students learn in various ways. This program allows us to continue teaching the students and increase students' physical activity level at the same time. This is a win-win situation for both the students and teachers."
The Walking Classroom is said to emphasis the connection between physical activity and improved brain function which ultimately results in improved classroom performance.
Beatty said the students love the Walking Classroom and she can already see a difference in their classroom performance.
Burgaw Elementary is the first school in Pender County to use The Walking Classroom.
Beatty says with the success they've had with it so far, she would love to see it at every school in the county.
For more information on The Walking Classroom, visit their website.