Saturday, November 10, 2012

QR Codes and Word Work

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to learn from fellow teachers about integrating technology into the classroom.  What I liked about this conference was that the teachers were "real" teachers who taught in "real" classrooms.  Best of all, they were kindergarten and first grade teachers!

One of the sessions I attended showed how to use QR codes in learning applications.  I must admit, I had seen QR codes before but really never knew why or how to use them.  Now, I do.

This week, I taught my students about QR codes and how to use them as part of our Word Work.  First, I showed some advertisements that I collected to show the real world application of their use.  Then, I modeled them how to scan the code using my iPhone. (Yes, I let them use my phone as we didn't have anything else to use.)  In my classroom, we used this app, although, there are many free ones.


I guided them through this activity.  It was a QR code scavenger hunt around the room.  We talked about how to safely handle my phone and camera as Mr. Parker would not be buying Mrs. Parker a new one anytime soon. :) Each child had a turn scanning the code and seeing what the code said.

Using our dry erase boards, we wrote the high frequency words.  As I worked with each group, I had a chance to observe which students knew the words and which needed additional practice. I plan on doing this activity more frequently as an engaging way to practice skills but add 21st learning to the skill.


Happy Teaching!

18 comments:

  1. Sounds great! Good luck getting your ipad! I would love one, too!

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  2. Good luck on your donor project! I would love to learn more about QR codes. :)

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  3. Would love to know more about using QR codes.

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  4. We used them at Open House to send families on a Scavenger Hunt so I created one for my blog and posted it on my office door. Then I put the code on a business bookmark that I give out when I speak. I visited a school this spring that posts codes in their newsletter; the code takes parents straight to a vimeo of the kids explaining their art work. Then I saw at another school where the QR code posted by their artwork hanging on the wall did the same, took their visitors to a site where a video of the child explained about the piece that was on display. It was VERY cool! Good luck with your Donors Choose project!

    Barbara

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  5. I would love to learn more!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  6. Tell us more about QR codes. They sound like a lot of fun in the classroom!

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  7. I'd love to learn more about QR codes in my classroom!

    Amanda
    www.averycuriousclass.blogspot.com

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  8. Please post more on how to use QR codes!

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  9. I would love to learn more about qr codes and how to use them in class.

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  10. I would love to learn how to use QR codes in the classroom! Good luck with your Donor's Choose project, too!

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  11. I bet your kiddos just loved doing this. What a great way to help the students learn their sight words.

    April
    Wolfelicious

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  12. Yes PLEASE! I would love to hear more about how you implement QR codes in the classroom!

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  13. I would love to learn more about QR codes - do post more details!

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  14. I would be very interested in learning more about QR codes. I

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  15. I would love to read more about the QR codes! I was very confused when I read it in a previous post!

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  16. I would love to learn how to use the QR code
    in my Kindergarten room - hope you will share this info soon!
    Thank you ~ Grace

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