Scan, Story Me, Animoto

3/20/14 Early Release PD

- Scan -

A QR Code Reader that scans QR codes and directs others to text or links


  • QR (quick response) codes easily take the user to websites, videos, audio recordings, or text information.
  • The shorter the URL, the easier to scan. This free QR code generator has a built-in URL shortener ( to save you time.
  • Make colorful codes using or
  • Codes that are too small in size or too close together may be difficult to scan.
  • Use the Record MP3 site to create audio recordings. It will generate links of your audio files which you can turn into QR codes.
  • Use file uploading services like Dropbox or TagMyDoc to upload various documents and get unique URLs which you can turn into QR codes.

Integration Ideas:


  • Direct students to information - Quickly scan QR codes to access websites and research databases or videos instead of typing in (or mis-typing) long URLs.
  • QR poster - Direct students and parents to your webpage.
  • Review practice - Use a QR code generator to make QR codes for questions or answers to curricular content.
  • Scavenger hunt - Design a QR code scavenger hunt for students to actively scan the room for questions and answers. Have codes hidden around the room.
  • QR web quest - Create codes that direct students to specific websites to find information and answer questions.

  • Interactive displays - Copy and paste links to student creations (Shadow Puppets, Animoto videos, etc.) for others to view and listen to.
  • Trivia questions - Scan code to get the question. Students write the answer on slips of paper so you can draw a winner.


  • Favorite authors listening center - Create codes that link to audiobook recordings on sites such as Storyline Online or others found here.
  • Meet the author - Link to author websites or videos when doing an author study.
  • Book trailers - Tape codes onto books.
  • Book talks - Share favorite books by accessing student-created book talks. Book talks can be made using Animoto or Shadow Puppet.
  • Reference review - Place codes around the room for students to scan. They will record the answers to the QR code questions on their handout. An example of a great PASS reference review challenge can be found here. Or see this example if you want students to actively search for the answers using various reference materials.

Social Studies:

  • Primary sources - Involve students in a backchannel conversation. Have primary sources posted around the room. Students scan the QR code beside each source to be taken to a Today's Meet session that you've created in advance for each source. Students "chat" about each photo/document by noting their observations or "I wonder" questions.
  • History books - Place codes in books for students to access additional multimedia material.


  • Self-checking word problems - Students create interactive posters where they formulate a word problem for others to solve. A QR code is attached for checking the answer.
  • Math practice - Create your own problems and answers. View Tabitha Carro's ideas for math integration.
  • Math books - Place codes in books for students to access additional multimedia material.


  • Periodic table of elements (videos)
  • Science books - Place codes in books for students to access additional multimedia material such as videos on the water cycle, storms, biomes, animals, etc.

- Story Me -

A comic creator and photo collage app


  • No account is needed.
  • Choose between different layout options like with Pic Collage.
  • Apply effects to switch from regular photos, cartoon, or pencil drawings.
  • Add speech bubbles or captions to images.

Integration ideas:

  1. Create a graphic novel or comic strip - Focus on character dialogue and transitions.
  2. Creative writing - Pictures students have taken with their iPads or found online can make good narrative writing prompts.
  3. Comment on primary sources - Pull in primary sources from social studies for students to expand upon what is taking place in the image. Students write inferring statements in the form of captions or speech bubbles over saved images.
  4. How-to pieces - Focus on expository writing by having students sequence the steps of how to do something.
  5. Science project posters - Students take pics of each step of the process.
  6. PSA posters - Students create public service announcements to inform the public on an issue.
  7. About Me posters - A fun beginning of the year activity where students pull in images of their favorite things and things that describe them.
  8. Student expectations - Involve students in generating expected behaviors by having them "act" out various scenarios. Pull in the pics and explain why a behavior is good or bad.
Creating a Graphic Novel Page

- Animoto -

Combine images and video clips into a movie with music, text, & special effects


  • Login with our generic school account to create videos up to 30 seconds.
  • Register for a free Animoto Educator account to create longer videos with more themes.
  • Direct upload to Animoto site or download finished video to iPad camera roll.
  • Embed finished videos on your website or blog by logging into your account and getting the embed code for each.

Integration Ideas:

  1. About Me video - A fun beginning of the year activity for the students and teacher to get to know one another. Pull in pictures of things that describe you, caption images with text, and choose appropriate background music.
  2. Book trailers - Working independently or in book club groups, students create a short video to promote their book.
  3. Share samples of student work - Make a class video of student drawings, writings, or video recordings.
  4. Capture the memories - Chronicle a special classroom event or field trip.