Sunday, November 20, 2016

A Little Nutty for QR Codes

I introduced students to scanning QR codes this week!

QR codes can help students become self-directed learners.  I wanted to find a math activity with QR codes, so that I could integrate technology and iPad use into math somehow, with purpose.   Success!  I found this FREEBIE on Teachers Pay Teachers!  

This was a station, so each table took a turn on a different day of the week.

First, students had to count the acorns on the cards (teen numbers) and record their answer.  When all the numbers were done, they could get an iPad and use the QR code reader to scan the code to check their answer.  

To help them stay organized with the cards they had already counted, I color coded a range of 5 cards and their recording sheet, as well.  The cards were labeled with a letter of the alphabet.  It worked well for each student to have one color to start with, then trade with someone.  I learned this the hard way, after the first group was searching all over the table for a few cards they hadn't counted yet.  I like having a clear system for the routine, and I know they appreciated it, too!  

They had a lot of fun, and I'm proud of how independent they were.  I hope I can find more fun activities like this in the future, or else make my own!

Saturday, November 12, 2016

We See Animals on iPads

I have decided to continue to document my technology activities this year.  At least when I remember!

I would like to share with you my students' tech project from our study of animals.  Here's how we made it:
1.  Students drew an animal on the ipad, using the app "Doodle Buddy".  Now that we each have an iPad, we all got to work at the same time!
2.  Students  copied sight words to make a sentence, "I see a ____.", and phonetically spelled their animal word. They could use a stylus for writing if they chose.
3.  I showed them all how to save the drawing as a photo, and then I loaded them all to my Google Drive.
4.  I downloaded the photos from Google to my desktop computer, and then uploaded them onto the site "". 
5.  Students worked with me individually (during rest time or playtime) to record their voice on their page, using the built-in mic on a chromebook.
6.  Finally, I shared the e-book with parents.

Enjoy our little animal tale!!!  The students really had fun making this, and hearing themselves and classmates narrate our story.

**Sorry, but this won't play on an iPhone due to needing a Flash Player**

I look forward to teaching the students how to send their images to me, instead of having to touch all 20 iPads to do so myself! Soon, soon!

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