Tuesday Tech Tips

9/9/14 -QR Codes, Quizlet, Planbook & Technology Conferences

Hello Huron County Educators

My name is Tyler Leipprandt and I am the Instructional Technology Consultant for the HISD. Many of you may be familiar with me as I have already been in schools and have facilitated many professional development sessions this summer. For those of you that do not know me, I graduated from Ubly, went to Rochester College to get my teaching degree, taught in Brown City for five years, got my masters in Instructional Technology, and now work for the HISD.

My position allows me to service all Huron County Educators with any instructional technology needs. I plan on servicing all the counties districts by regularly visiting each school to support staff, providing relevant PD to educators, having a presence on the HISD webpage, and sending out a regular tech tips newsletter.

I will get my schedule to building administrators before I make my visits, which will allow you time to think of technology you may want to implement or questions you may have. If you have questions or want to schedule a time for me to sit down with you when I am at your district, email me or flag me down if you see me in the hallway.

I am looking forward to this new position and working with all of you. To contact me, please email me at tylerl@huronisd.org or call me at (989) 269-3494.

Bimonthly Newsletters

As part of my position, I will be communicating with Huron County Educators through these electronic newsletters. I plan to get two out a month with various technology tips to use in the classroom. If you have any questions on any of these tips, just let me know and I can help.

QR Codes

What are QR Codes?

QR codes are images that can be scanned by using an iPad, iPhone, iPod, tablet, etc.

How to make a QR Code on the Web—It’s EASY!

1. Go to QR Code Generator or a more complex one at QR Stuff. For Google Apps users, this is the ULTIMATE QR code creator - QR Code Auto Generator.

2. Write the text that you want to show up in your QR Code message.

3. Save the QR Code.

4. Open the QR code and print it out.

How to make a QR code on your iPad.

1. Download QR Creator App on your iPad.

2. Click on "Add," which is located on the top right corner and name your code.

3. Click on your new title to enter in your text.

4. At the bottom, you have different types of text to choose from: URL, SMS, Text, and Phone Number. I usually chose text here.

5. Enter your text. When done click "Create" and then "Save."

How to scan a QR Code

The devices you are using will need a QR code reader app. Here is a free one that I use – QR Reader App.

1. Open the app. When you open the app it will look like a camera.

2. Line up the box to fit the QR code inside.

3. The QR code will be scanned and the message that you created will show up.

Ways to use QR Codes

See the QR codes and descriptions below. You may even want to scan the codes to see how they work.

Quizlet - Flashcard Creator

The Quizlet app/web version allows you and/or your students to create sets of flashcards. There are also thousands of pre-made flashcard sets, or you can use your own terms and each set can be used in a number of ways. Because Quizlet allows you to create flashcard sets, it is an excellent way to have students learn new vocabulary. Since there are games that require students to type words and answers, the website also offers practice on how to type. Also, students can practice pronouncing words when using one of the voice games. The following games are available once you have your flashcard set.

· Scatter - The user matches the term and definition by dragging one to the other.

· Voice Scatter - The user matches the term and definition by speaking "Match _____ with _____."

· Space Race - The term or definition moves across the screen until the user types the proper response.

· Voice Race - The user speaks the term or definition before the prompt moves all the way across the screen.

I used Quizlet with my math terms and with my spelling vocabulary words. Each week they need to find definitions for their words, then put them into their Quizlet account. I create a master account (it’s free) and then they use it; but when they save their work, they save it under their own names and keep adding to their stack of flashcards.


Planbook - Lesson Plan Creator

Planbook has to be one of the greatest inventions for teachers. This tool allows teachers to plan their lessons simply, while adding large amounts of directions, content, standards, attachments, homework, etc. Planbook also has the feature to give your students and parents a link to your lesson plans (if you wish), allowing students to obtain their homework and materials without having to ask for them.

I used to create all of my lesson plans in Microsoft Word and that was such a hassle to plan for the upcoming week. With Planbook, creating your lesson plans doesn't have to be a chore.

The downside of Planbook is that it costs $12 a year (one month trial for free), but it is well worth the expense.

Google for Education Conference

Monday, Nov. 3rd, 9am to Tuesday, Nov. 4th, 4pm

Brighton, MI

"Sponsored by Google, MACUL the REMC Association of Michigan and Brighton Area Schools, the miGoogle conference will inspire and excite educators with new ways to incorporate web-based technologies into the classroom. Sessions will include introductions to Google products such as Docs, Sites, and Blogger as well as deep-dive sessions for experienced users. Sessions on the management and technical deployment of Google Apps for Education will also be available."

Get more details here - miGoogle

MACUL Conference

Wednesday, March 18th 2015 at 8am to Friday, March 20th 2015 at 5pm

Cobo Center, Detroit, MI

"The Michigan Association of Computer Users in Learning is a 14,000+ member strong catalyst of innovation in educational technology. The MACUL Conference draws over 4500+ educators from around the region."

Get more details here - MACUL

Mobile Learning Conference

Saturday, April 25th 2015 at 8:30am-3:30pm

Kalamazoo, MI


All attendees will be able to:

  • apply at least one new skill in using mobile technology personally;
  • demonstrate leadership by teaching and modeling the use of mobile technology to others in their district; and
  • identify at least two ways mobile technology can be used to support instruction and student learning."

Get details here - Mobile Learning