No Skeletons in the Closet
The blending of technology and traditional skills helped students in Mrs. Orr's science class learn the skeletal system in traditional and modern ways. Students used technology, traditional art, and visualization skills to create giant anatomy models over the course of several weeks.

Caroline M. '19 appreciated the way drawing helps a student learn. She said, "there's a reason why writing things down helps me learn material better than typing it. Drawing a skeleton for this project helped me learn the material by having to label and draw the accurate size and placement of the bones."

Mrs. Orr explains, "the skeletal system could easily be approached by memorizing the names of all the bones but there is a lot more to understanding the skeletal system. Students have "wow" moments when they realize how bones are uniquely designed to interact with each other, create a joint, and offer protection for underlying organs."

As a future nurse, Stephanie P. '19 said, "I felt intimidated at first, but I soon realized I could complete this long-term project. Mrs. Orr gave us some tips and the use of a 3D app that depicted the whole entire skeleton in great detail."

How we engage in learning is essential to comprehension and this process clearly resonated with Courtney K. '19. "This project let me learn more and to a greater extent than if I were to simply study a picture," she said. Elizabeth B. '19 said, "I used a website that actually showed step by step instructions."

The approach allowed students to look at details in ways unimaginable decades ago and then use traditional approaches to graphically reproduce the content. These intentional methods are just some of the ways Carondelet blends traditional and modern approaches to education to make learning a fun and challenging experience.