Ed. Tech. Report

Volume 1 Issue 11

The QR Code - Tiny Box. . . Big Information

We've all seen QR codes. Those little squares of black and white pixels might look meaningless to the naked eye, but with a quick scan with a QR code reader, you'll quickly find there's more than meets the eye! They are used to quickly launch the viewer to websites, videos, images, and even file downloads. What appears to be a random collection of black and white pixels is actually a complex code with an interesting development story.

These little boxes present some intriguing possibilities for education. I've used them at conferences to easily provide my website address to attendees. This article from Free Technology for Teachers describes how teachers might create treasure hunts for their students using QR codes. Finally, what an interesting way to display student work! As discussed below, Cindy Smith's 7th grade Computer Information Technologies students will have their work displayed through QR codes for the Middle School Open House on Wednesday, April 29, from 3:30 - 7!

Interested in checking out some QR code generators? Kaywa QR Code is a great place to start! This source allows for the unlimited creation of static QR codes and a limited number of dynamic QR codes. The difference between the two? Dynamic codes can be changed when needed. How about QR readers? A quick search in your mobile device's app store will return numerous results. I run QR Code Reader on my Android telephone and it works just fine!

Want to discuss how you might use QR codes in your classroom? Schedule an appointment!



Weekly Trivia: What does the "QR" in QR Code stand for?

Click here to answer this week's question! Feel free to answer on your mobile device. . . simply download a QR Code Reader and scan the code to the left!

Classroom Spotlight

Students in Mrs. Smith's 7th Grade Computer Information Technologies classes are finalizing a research project done in conjunction with Mr. Cook's and Mr. Beach's 7th Grade Geography classes. Students have been researching different countries from around the world and are reporting their findings. The reports in the CIT classes are a little different than you might expect.

Using a web resource called Thinglink, students have taken maps of their countries and turned them into interactive pictures where the viewer has the ability to access various hotspots around the map and be shown pictures, videos, articles, and just about any kind of information you can imagine about the country! A true highlight for the students was a creation of a travel video using Animoto, a video-editing web resource. These videos are embedded on the map as an interactive hotspot. Finally, QR codes were created for each of these interactive maps.

Want to see some of the finished product? Check these examples! Want to see more? Come to the Middle School Open House on Wednesday, April 29, from 3:30 - 7.

Gamification Survey

My apologies to those Atari veterans! Atari was by far the most common "First Console" owned by many of you and should have been listed as a choice. Thank you to all participants. Let's keep that participation growing and answer this week's question!
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