Cool Schools: students get mobile with codes, heart rates

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MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- The students at Chesterbrook Elementary are going mobile in two ways:  One of them is high tech, the other one is old school and both of them  are good exercise. Enjoy this encore presentation of one of our Cool Schools segments.

Can an iPad or smartphone actually be good for your health? If you have creative teachers like Chesterbrook Elementary, then yes they can.

Teachers created an exercise trail on the campus of the McLean, Va. school with quick response codes, or QR Codes.  

"It's a thing that you scan that can take you to a website or a video or pictures or something," explained student Zeeshan Khaliq.  

Students can scan the code with a smartphone, iPad or iPaod. They can bring in their own or sign one out from the school. Up pops an instructional video for each station. Physical education teacher Jay Levesque is the star of the videos.

QR codes are popping up everywhere at the school.

"I see children, small children up to our 5th and 6th graders, using them in reports teachers are now using them to review material," shared Principal Bob Fuqua.

Projects on a hallway bulletin board are not only seen but they are heard.

Technology teacher Kurt Kohls brought the idea of the codes to the classroom two years ago. He says his fellow educatiors keep creating new ways to use them.

"They can scan them to get math videos, we have a microscope mystery, where scanning the code will give you an extra clue as to what's under the microscope," said Kohls. 

What started as an exercise for the body now stretches the minds for both teachers and students.

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