The second one is mine! Just a reminder that my little mini-giveaway finishes soon. Thank you all so much for joining in the fun and leaving your sweet comments - you are all so kind!
This article was written by Andrew Miller, an education consultant from www.edutopia.org. I've picked out just a few for you.....
Make Your Classroom Greener
Save a few trees! Instead of making more printouts than everyone needs, give your students a QR that takes them to the instructions, announcement or assignment. It can save you space on your wall, and keep your classroom greener.
Incentivize and Praise
Award prizes by having students scan a code leading to an animation or badge. When they pass a test on commas, perhaps they get a code that takes them to a badge for Comma Guru! Students can even create their own codes to award each other. When a student sees something great happen, they can give a code that links to messages such as "Good Job from Andrew" and "Thanks for doing your part for the team."
Make Learning Stations
Put codes in different areas of the room that will take students to different online activities, videos or content. Using a great tool like the discussion protocol of reciprocal teaching or a graphic organizer will help facilitate their interaction with the linked content.
Check Answers and Reflect
Have students check their answers by scanning the QR code after completing a test or assignment. As a teacher, you can visually confirm when students are checking their work and can also check in to see how they are doing. This will help track individual learning and can provide an opportunity for you to facilitate student reflection.
Provide Extension Assignments
A great way to provide optional activities for students who want to excel is to simply put the code on the class assignment and let them follow it to the extension activity or question. It won't take up much space, and might facilitate a little excitement about the extension assignment.
Have students create codes linking to items discovered during research. These could be posted in class wikis on a specific topic, or on a wall in the classroom. It helps give them ownership of the research process and literally creates "walls that talk."
Perhaps you have a poem for students to analyze. You can provide additional scaffolding with a link to a recitation or focused questions to get them started. Use the QR to help you manage differentiation of the various strategies in your tool belt of teacher practices.
QR codes can be a great voting tool allowing students to vote by simply scanning the code as they enter or exit the classroom. This can save time, and it gets your students up and moving.
QR codes are a great arsenal for the teacher tool belt. Just remember, this technology is a tool and needs to fit a purpose. It can help create engagement in a lesson, manage your classroom, be part of student work or facilitate inquiry in a project.
I couldn't leave it there without actually creating a code myself, so scan with your iphone/ipod/ipad and see my message.....QR codes definitely get a big 'like' from me! Hopefully when I get my 'zillion' ongoing products finished I can turn my head to creating a QR filled product! If you don't have a scan app already - here's the link to a free one: SCAN
Lastly, brain breaks have been on my mind and I threw out a question on my facebook page for people's favourites. The lovely Jenny left me this link: (hilarious!)
Hope you danced along!!