When is Spring Break?
I kid- sort of :)
Thursday and Friday of last week I went to a Technology conference for the State. I can't believe how much I learned! I hope to gradually share little tidbits with you all through these weekly technology posts.
As you know, I am a 1:1 ipad classroom. I have had TONS of questions about how I received these devices. I wish I could tell you there was an easier way to find this pot of gold! The fact is- my district made 21st Century Skills and Technology a HUGE priority. We have a 1:1 Kindergarten and a 1:1 First Grade and each elementary classroom in our district has at least 5 ipads (our fifth grades have a total of 50 to share).
My kids are extremely tech saavy and independent on their devices. Yes- they are their devices (for the year at least). They are in charge of their ipads.
We use them to enhance our learning, to demonstrate learning, and to differentiate our learning.
The techy tip I have for today will be beneficial to even those who only have access to one ipad. My librarian has been talking about QR codes for awhile now, and I never really paid it much attention. But yesterday she sat me down and showed my how easy it was to create QR codes. You all- my mind was blown. If there is such thing as magic- it exists in QR codes. I will never understand how it works. I just know that is does and my kids LOVE it.
To create the codes I used the website QRstuff to create a page that looks like this...
I then placed the QR codes around the room. We used an app called I-nigma (free) to scan the codes. Next my students did a very techy/21st Century Version of Reading/Writing the Room!
Once they scanned the codes, a sentence containing their -AR word popped up on the screen!
Magic I tell you!
Apparently my excitement with my discovery was just oozing out of me, because Catherine over at the Brown Bag Teacher tried her hand at QR codes too. She even has a great little freebie for you!
Click on her button to check it out!
I almost forgot- the winners of my giveaway are Stacy, Amber, and Jennifer! I have already emailed the ladies. Thank you all SO much for playing along.