November 6, 2014

Ms. Fryman and Mr. Harrison

It's a great time to be an 8th grade EMS student!

I received a Facebook message from Rachael Fryman last evening asking me to stop in to see her. "Oh no," I thought "her tablets are down."  So I stopped in today, and this is what I saw!  

Rachael has her class working in rotation stations. Nothing new and exciting there; however she can be at every table at one time.  (She is so smart!)  Rachael created a "station pages" for each student. Each station had directions for various math activities and scattered throughout the activity and in the end she inserted a QR code.  When the students scanned the code, they were taking to either her website, a video or just the correct answer.  

Would you like to explore how to use QR codes in your classroom?  There are tons of creative ways and students LOVE it!  Let me show you how simple it is, but first I have to tell you about Jamie Harrison

Last week I walked into Jamie's class and his tables were in rows, and he was standing at the board talking about volcanos.  Sorry Jamie, I'm going to be honest, I saw a few students who looked a little bored.  

Look what I saw today! 

Students in Jamie's class are studying erosion and deposition. He has taken this subject and found five real world problems and asked his student to take a stab at solving them!  Using the tablets they are researching, brainstorming, debating and solving the problems of the world!  

Could they of learned about erosion and deposition from a text book?  If you were an 8th-grade student, which way would you choose? 

WOW! What a great time to be an EMS 8th grader! 

QR Codes in your classroom? 

As you can see from the photos, some of our students were using a QR reader on their phones, and they are not allowed at EMS.  Rachael discussed her plan with Mrs. Beckkett first to get admin permission. This needs to be your first step! 

Quick response codes, also known as 'QR' codes, are simple, scannable images that are a form of barcode. By scanning a QR code image through a mobile device, information can be accessed including text, links, bookmarks and email addresses and more. 

In the classroom, QR codes can be used in a variety of ways including: 

Science Labs:  Ever feel like your students rush through a lab procedure, omitting important steps?  Turn each lab step into a QR code.  Scanning each step will force your kids to slow down and process the main idea.

Pass out QR codes at the end of a lesson for students to include in their notes.  (Print them on labels to save time!)  Students can visit the QR code for homework to view a short video, visit a website or access an important document from home.  Did someway say flipped classroom?

 How about creating an interactive review using QR codes?  

Self-checking answers:Take any existing worksheet and turn the answers into QR codes for self-checking.

Post a question or task as a QR code projected on your board to immediately engage students when they walk into the room.

Absent Work: Did we do anything when I was absent?  Don't you just love that question?  Use QR codes on a calendar to help students keep pace with your class when they are out.  If you post notes or activities on your website, use the QR code to direct them to the specific materials they missed. 

You will not believe how easy it is! There are TONS of QR code sites.  This is the one I use, just four easy steps. 

Here is a list of QR readers:

I will be waiting to hear from you! 


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