McNair Middle School Students Put New Twist on Historic Documents

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It isn't your normal history exhibit. At McNair Middle School, history jumps off the paper, and into your iPad. Students decided to use QR technology to put a new twist historic documents like the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. And Kyle Mayer thinks the new technology will make his classmates take a second look.

"I definitely think they'll have a different prospective because of the technology that were incorporating,” Mayer says. “I mean it’s not just starting at a document and reading it word for word but its actually bringing it to life."

It's a Freedom Shrine. And when you put your smart phone up to the documents, videos students made about them show up.

"Every time I watch it I learn more because there's a lot of information in these videos and you really get to learn a lot from them," says McNair Middle School Student Sara Gardner.

Gardner says most students use technology in everyday life, so it only makes sense for them to use it at school.

"It's the 21st century,” Gardner says. “And there's a lot of technology in the 21st century. We wanted to kind of combine technology with learning because students like technology, and it encourages them to learn."

The entire school came together to celebrate the new Freedom Shrine. It was brought to campus by the Exchange Club of Fayetteville. The group has sets up shrines around the city, but they say there's never been one quite like this.

"Its' just quite unique,” says Fayetteville Exchange Club President Judy Albritton. “And I don’t know of any other Freedom Shrine that has this ability. So I think we’re probably going to write an article to national and have it in our paper."

And as McNair Middle welcomes the Freedom Shrine, they also welcomed a new way to look at old things.

"It's so interesting,” says McNair Middle School Student Caroline Long. “You just get to learn so many new things about stuff that you just don’t get to normally learn about. You take everything one step further."

"I just thought that they were something that sort of helped the government that helped the government sort of work,” says McNair Middle School student Jessica Killenbeck. “I didn’t think that they were going to be important to me. But now think that they are really important because I understand how things really work now."

The Freedom Shrine will now be a permanent part of McNair Middle School.

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