The Bexley Middle School seventh-graders of teachers Elizabeth Jax and Natalie Mroz have been journeying to China via virtual field trips in preparation for their celebration of the Chinese New Year.

The Bexley Middle School seventh-graders of teachers Elizabeth Jax and Natalie Mroz have been journeying to China via virtual field trips in preparation for their celebration of the Chinese New Year.

Their classes marked the Chinese New Year during the day on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 19 and 20.

Chinese year 4710 started Jan. 24 and is called "the year of the dragon."

The students have been learning about China and the importance of the Silk Road trade route.

According to the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration, the producer of the video conference materials, "The traditional Chinese dragon will take students on a journey to experience the charm of China. Students will learn Chinese greetings and the characteristics of Chinese characters, witness the development of China from ancient times to the present, trace the origins of Kung Fu, and learn to appreciate Chinese music."

The program helps students gain a better understanding of the history and culture of China, learn the differences between the Chinese dragon and western dragon, and visit some of the most famous attractions in China.

The next teleconferences are set for Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 30 and 31.