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Phoenix Students Solve History Mystery During Erie Canal Videoconference

PHOENIX – Phoenix fourth graders worked to solve a history mystery during a recent multi-class videoconference.

Students in Cheri Iannotti’s class work through a virtual connection to solve a history mystery along the Erie Canal.
Students in Cheri Iannotti’s class work through a virtual connection to solve a history mystery along the Erie Canal.

Students from Cheri Iannotti’s class joined their peers from two Rochester schools to solve a mock crime that took place on the Erie Canal.

The three classes interacted with Erie Canal experts to learn about the canal and they worked together to interrogate four suspects to determine who stole a missing ring.

Each answer offered students a wealth of information about the Erie Canal and provided clues about the crime.

After assessing the clues and eliminating suspects, the students solved the crime and the suspect was apprehended.

Andrew Britton writes down a clue while trying to solve a history mystery during a recent videoconference.
Andrew Britton writes down a clue while trying to solve a history mystery during a recent videoconference.

The videoconference aligned with the fourth-grade social studies curriculum and focused on local communities in New York state, industrial growth, geography and transportation.

It was part of a distance learning offering provided by the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.

The service strives to bridge the gap in educational opportunities and enhance learning experiences for students, teachers and community members by providing overall program coordination services, technical support, identification of district needs and connectivity access to school districts and educational institutions.