Nfld. & Labrador

No more classroom, no more books: Hazelwood Elementary takes wireless learning outdoors

Hazelwood Elementary will move some of its classes outside this September thanks to new techonology recently installed at the St. John's school.

St. John's school moves some classes outside and online

On Monday morning, teachers and students at Hazelwood launched their wireless outdoor classroom. 1:06

Hazelwood Elementary will move some of its classes outside in September thanks to new technology recently installed at the St. John's school.

On Monday morning, teachers and students at Hazelwood launched their wireless outdoor classroom. 

Teachers Stephanie Hewitt and Kathy Winsor cut the ribbon to open Hazelwood's new wireless outdoor classroom. (Keith Burgess/CBC)

"It's a very special day," said principal Dale Lambe.

"One of our teachers had the idea that, not only could we construct an outdoor classroom but make it more accessible for all and make it more appealing for learners in the 21st century."

Most of the total cost of about $18,000 came from government funding and construction took about a week. 

Using wireless Internet and tablets, students will be able to use apps to study nature and the school's outdoor surroundings. 

Hazelwood Elementary principal Dale Lambe says 'It`s a very special day.' (Keith Burgess)

Lambe said the school has been working on implementing this idea for the past few months. 

Both students and teachers look forward to learning outside this September when the program officially starts. 

"We are very blessed with a beautiful property. It's a property that our teachers use a lot for covering course work," said Lambe.

The provincial government contributed $18,000 to pay for the outdoor learning space. (Keith Burgess)