How argh you doing, friends?
Today, though, we knocked it out of the park. Like seriously, rocked out the learning and technology and engagement. EVERYONE was so excited. Katie King, Queen of the 1st Grade Jungle, introduced me to QR Codes and now, I am pumped! So, today we went our first –ar Sentence Hunt using QR Codes!!
QR codes are square barcodes that allow you to embed and read text, audio, video, or web links for FREE! To ‘read’ QR codes, install a QR Reader (for free) on your Android, iPad, iPhone, or Blackberry device. Then, with the reader on, hold your picture-taking device over the QR code until the text, video, audio, or website opens on your screen. It’s that simple!
My brain is overflowing with ideas for its use. Here are just a few…
- Place comprehension questions (using text, audio, or video) at the end of the chapter or a book or better yet…have students create a video or audio summarizing a chapter or book, sharing a favorite moment, or describing a character, create the QR code, and save it to your mobile device. Rather than carrying home stacks of paper, just grab that device and waalaa!
- Have a sub? No worries! Record your voice giving directions for centers or stations and place that QR code at the ‘just-right’ place in the room. Then, students can scan the code and see/listen to you directions! Want to encourage or motivate a specific student, the same idea applies but place the QR code in their desk, book bag, or notebook.
- Want students to have experience doing online research but you are not comfortable with them roaming the internet? Use QR codes to embed the website they can visit for resources. They scan the code and are directly linked the page/website you intended!
Wow! Wow! Wow! I am so excited. But…back to pirates. Today students had their first exposure to QR codes. They wandered the room with a clipboard and iPad looking for codes. When they found a code, our friends scanned it and read the sentence. Each sentence was missing an /ar/ word. Our friends the decided which /ar/ words belonged in the blank (there was a word bank on the learning log) and recorded it on their log! This was a fantastic way to introduce procedure for scanning the codes (i.e. hold the iPad with 2 hands, keep the iPad as still as-a-first-grader-can when scanning the code, never remove a hand from the iPad, set the iPad down before writing your answer….got to love first grade :)) and integrated our /ar/ learning perfectly! (Click below to grab a free copy of this QR /ar/ Read-the-Room)
Goodness! I hope you are excited because I sure am. I definitely be sharing more about QR codes in the future, so no worries. If you would like a copy of the activity, make sure to grab it for free using GoogleDocs. Well, thank you, friends. Do you use QR codes? Are you in love, too?
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