Tuesday Tech Thoughts

Beth Rihtar-- Instructional Tech Coach, Park Ridge, Illinois

QR Codes... easy to use for all students! (And parents!)

QR codes are a great way to disseminate information, with an element of discovery. These small boxes essentially are codes that take a user to any specified website, or anything with a URL. Some quick ideas for QR codes: share docs/drawings, share student work (slideshow, etc.), share a read-aloud book, share a movie link, etc.

Our iPads have one of two QR scanners, Scan or Scanlife. If you'd like to install one on your personal device, I like QR Reader by Scan (available on both iPhones and Android). Scan the code above for a quick how to on using QR Stuff, my favorite QR code creator!

Flocabulary... free 60 day trial for Field School!

Caroline S. signed Field up for a free 60 day trial of Flocabulary... an engaging and fun music/vocab site. Click the button to join the trial and test it out!

Need to work offline?

Google Apps have many functions for working offline. While I know we have wifi around us so often, there are times where we need to be able to access and work on things without a signal. A few weekends ago, I went to a GAFE Summit at Algonquin Middle School in Des Plaines, and the sponsor, EdTechTeam, shared a great one sheet "how to" for using offline functionality. Tip: #9 is the most important.... while connected to wifi, make sure you hit your settings to allow offline functionality! Hope it helps!
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Beth Rihtar

Job-embedded professional development; talks to teachers about tech integration, best practices, efficiency, 4Cs; Google Certified Educator, bassist for the Northwest Symphony Orchestra; teacher of 20 years.