Interactive Dental Health Fair @ Birchwood

QRC reader codes are easy to create and even easier to use, allowing the audience to garner even more information at their leisure. Here, Tyvon Wright holds up a selection of codes while Julia Crapanzano zeros in to scan them.
QRC reader codes are easy to create and even easier to use, allowing the audience to garner even more information at their leisure. Here, Tyvon Wright holds up a selection of codes while Julia Crapanzano zeros in to scan them.
Kids love technology, and learning is enhanced and reinforced by its visual appeal.
Kids love technology, and learning is enhanced and reinforced by its visual appeal.
Dr. Inna Gellerman gets her close-up in front of the News12 Camera.
Dr. Inna Gellerman gets her close-up in front of the News12 Camera.
These aspiring athletes know the importance of wearing mouth guards and were excited to share their knowledge.
These aspiring athletes know the importance of wearing mouth guards and were excited to share their knowledge.
Over at the flossing station, students, armed with tablet technology, were ready for their audience.
Over at the flossing station, students, armed with tablet technology, were ready for their audience.
The mouthwash station is ready for the crowds.
The mouthwash station is ready for the crowds.
Ms. Janine D’Elia, left, stops in at sugarless gum station to lend a hand.
Ms. Janine D’Elia, left, stops in at sugarless gum station to lend a hand.

Birchwood third graders were treated to a special hands-on, interactive experience that had them all smiling. February was Dental Health Month, and Birchwood teacher Ms. Janine D’Elia had a fun way for students to learn and experience the skills necessary for proper dental hygiene. Each year her students organize a fair dedicated to learning the very latest about dental health.

As Birchwood’s third-grade classes entered the fair, they were met by Dr. Inna Gellerman and her staff, who presented a multi-media presentation to demonstrate proper brushing and flossing. They also spoke to the students about recent studies that suggest that eating certain candy is not bad for your teeth.  This news was met with great enthusiasm. And it was no surprise that of the many demonstration stations manned by Ms. D’Elia’s class, the sugarless gum was the most popular.

The demonstration stations were all staffed by knowledgeable students assisted by iPad tablet technology donated by SHEF, that used QRC reader codes, created by the students themselves, to take their active audience to specific video links pertaining to their station.  The stations included: The Brushing Center, The Flossing Center, Mouth Guards, Healthy Foods, Toothpaste Flavors, Bad Breath Stinks, and, of course, the Sugarless Gum Station. The fair was a huge success, and Birchwood’s third graders now know just what to do to keep their smiles bright.

Keep your televisions tuned to Channel 12 News as all the action was caught on tape and should begin airing today, Wednesday, February 26.th Newsday was also in attendance to capture all the bright smiles and Birchwood’s third-graders should be gracing the pages any day now.