When I wrote about the Interactive Bulletin Board my class posted in our hallway utilizing artwork, poetry, and QR codes, I promised an update on the results. The final article, with a few more details, appeared as a guest post on Free Technology for Teachers, hosted by Richard Byrne. You can check it out by clicking this link. Richard Byrne’s blog is one of my favorite resources, so I am really excited that he allowed me to share this idea with a wider audience. Thanks, Mr. Byrne!
In December, I posted some QR codes that could be used as reward coupons in the classroom. I suggested cutting them out and putting them in your class treasure box so your students could be surprised. My students loved them – until the website I had used to store the documents expired. (Tagmydoc.com allows you to create QR codes for documents that you have uploaded for free, but, unbeknownst to me, they are only stored for 14 days.)
I have posted new coupons under my Weebly account, so these QR codes will not expire unless Weebly goes out of business or I remove the site. These coupons were created with the iPad TypeDrawing app, which I highly recommend.
With Valentine’s Day coming up, you might want to put a QR code in each of your student’s Valentines. They will enjoy scanning them to discover the reward you have given them. Or, maybe get an old chocolate box, and let the students choose a “chocolate.”
I found an article on the Langwitches blog that gave a wonderful idea for using QR codes with art. You should read the article here, because it gives great details. To summarize, it explains a project in which the students created magnificent artwork. They then made individual recordings about their artwork. These recordings were uploaded to the web, and QR codes were generated for each link. The QR codes were then adhered to the artwork. Therefore, anyone who passes the artwork that is being displayed can use a “smart” device to scan the code, allowing them to listen to the student’s narrative about the art as the surveyor looks upon the masterpiece.
This generated so many extension ideas for me when I read it that I could not even begin to list them. Think about the power of attaching another media to a bulletin board display of any type of work. It could be an audio narrative or music. It could even be a video! Imagine the electronic portfolios your students could create that would co-exist in the both the “real” and “virtual” worlds! I can’t wait to try it myself!
Two days ago, I posted a couple of documents with QR codes, which lead to ideas for Random Acts of Kindness. These codes could be used as a Christmas countdown, Winter Break countdown, or a way to count the days to any other type of celebration. Yesterday, I posted QR codes to Classroom Coupons. These coupons do not have to be used in any particular order, and there may be some you don’t wish to use at all. Again, they could be used for the above purposes. Or, you could cut them apart and put them on cards in a classroom Treasure Chest, or distribute them as student gifts before the Winter Break. Another way to use them would be to print out the pages to post on a wall, and cross out each code as it gets used.
For yesterday’s QR codes, I used a site called http://www.tagmydoc.com. I highly recommend it, as it will host your document and provide you with a QR code for it (for free). You can even download the document with the QR code stamped on it. HOWEVER, I realized, somewhat late, that my district has blocked this site at the moment – at least through our iDevice network. So, if you encountered the same problem, I apologize. I am busy revising that set of docs so that it will lead to a Weebly site, and will try to post the revision later this week.
Today’s QR codes are for parents to use at home. Personally, I will be using these, along with the Random Acts of Kindness ones, in my daughter’s Christmas countdown calendar. But, you can pass this along to anyone who might want to use it for their own creative ideas. There is a Winter theme, but it is secular. To download, just click on the links below:
I would like to apologize to anyone who has recently downloaded these QR codes. Apparently, tagmydoc only keeps your files for 14 days, unbeknownst to me, if you are using its free service. So, these QR codes will not work. I have posted a new batch at this link: QR Code Classroom Coupons (Revised)
Yesterday, I posted a couple of documents with QR codes, which lead to ideas for Random Acts of Kindness. These codes could be used as a Christmas countdown, Winter Break countdown, or a way to count the days to any other type of celebration. Today, I am posting QR codes to Classroom Coupons. These coupons do not have to be used in any particular order, and there may be some you don’t wish to use at all. Again, they could be used for the above purposes. Or, you could cut them apart and put them on cards in a classroom Treasure Chest, or distribute them as student gifts before the Winter Break. Another way to use them would be to print out the pages to post on a wall, and cross out each code as it gets used. Tomorrow’s codes will be for parents to use at home!
I thought that I would experiment by creating my own countdown calendar for my daughter this year using QR codes. It seems to me, during this busy time of the year, that it might help to remember the power of being kind. So, I have created a countdown calendar of Random Acts of Kindness, using ideas from the website of www.randomactsofkindness.org, a free Weebly website, and a QR code generating site. I anticipated I would be sharing this, so I deliberately made the sites generic. This will allow you to use these codes to count down to any event – the beginning of the holidays, a class celebration, etc… – within 24 days. Since I haven’t used this yet, there may be some mistakes, so please let me know if you find any!
Tomorrow, I will share with you a similar QR code document. Instead of Random Acts of Kindness, however, it will lead the user to different Classroom Reward Coupons.