Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!

24 Apr

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“Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!”

This course can be taken at your own pace and includes 20+ videos that can be played, paused, and watched over and over!

  • In this course, you will learn how to make QR codes, design activities for differentiated instruction, and hear tips for how to use QR codes to energize your lessons.
  • Actionable ideas for you to implement in your classroom – learn today, do tomorrow!
  • Includes a sample lesson plan and model activity sheets.

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Talking QR Codes!

23 Apr
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Try scanning this QR code :)

QR codes are such a fantastic resource for students – especially those who need a little extra support.  QR voice is a free web tool that truly makes your QR codes start talking!

You can type a sentence into the text box on their website (100 characters or less) and  QR voice will generate a QR code for you that turns your short message into an audio file.  As soon as the QR code is scanned the message will be spoken aloud for students to hear.  You can include this QR code on any activity sheet to give an instruction or reminder, provide the definition of a new word, or offer a helpful hint to struggling students.  It’s a simple tool that can go a long way!

Here are three other posts on using QR codes in the classroom:

Check out my Udemy course: Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Differentiate and Energize Your Lessons!

Code Academy for Kids

22 Apr

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I absolutely love apps that teach basic programming skills to children! It’s such an important computer science skill that can be easily introduced at an early age. With Code Academy your students can work through basic coding exercises thanks to the straightforward activities within this app. Kids are sure to get hooked on coding once they can started moving from one task to another.  Whether you introduce this app as part of an elective or after school program or just suggest it to parents as an at home STEM extension, Code Academy is worth exploring!

AirPlay in the iPad Classroom

21 Apr

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I love my Apple TV and even brought it into my classroom to try out last year.  My goal was to use the mirroring feature to project my iPad screen without being tethered to the projector.  A great alternative to using an Apple  TV is Reflector which can be downloaded to your laptop.  It’s super easy to use and perfect for an iPad classroom!

When your computer is hooked up to a projector and your iPad is on the same wireless network you can simply mirror your iPad screen using the same AirPlay technology on an Apple TV.  A very cool feature is the ability to mirror more than one iPad screen.  You can show multiple iPad screens of student work, or in a collaborative team teaching classroom, both teachers can show off their iPad screen to the class at the same time.  The download for Relfector isn’t free – like most of my tips – but I definitely think it’s worth it!

Check out my online course for teaching with one iPad!

Teach Place Value with iGet Math: Base 10

18 Apr

IMG_0367Place value can be a challenging concept for early learners just starting to group ones into tens and tens into hundreds.  iGet Math: Base 10 gives students space to explore counting, addition and subtraction.  Kids can count and combine objects, alter equations and notice relationships between numbers.  This app is a great choice for kids developing an understanding of counting and cardinality, as well as foundational number sense and operation skills.

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iGetMath: Base 10 lets kids flick and pick up objects to move them across the screen to change the balance of an equation.  Children can customize the backgrounds and tap the screen to hear a number as they count blocks.  This app addresses Common Core State Standards, contains eight skill levels to choose from, and lets teachers see student progress.  Learn more about iGet Math: Base 10 by watching this video or visiting their website!

Class Charts Whole School is Free for Teachers

17 Apr

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Earlier this year I shared Class Charts, the behavior management tool for creating seating charts in your classroom.  They have recently launched Class Charts Whole School which uses student behavior profiles to create seating charts.  This happens automatically thanks to an artificial intelligence engine that monitors behavior trends and identifies which students are in need of interventions.  Now teachers using this free program can manage behavior in real time and synchronize their class’ data with the whole school.

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 7.22.28 AMClass Charts Whole School gives your school community the opportunity to reward good behavior for students in every grade.  Not only could this lead to the development of a school rewards store, but this program can be part of a school-wide effort to promote good decision making.  Class Charts lets teachers have a visual of student performance and data ready to share with parents, service providers, and administrators.  Check out their website to learn more!

Giveaway – Sphero & iPad!

16 Apr

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Last week I shared the new educational tools available for teachers using a Sphero in their classroom.  This smart toy lets kids explore STEM concepts like programming as they interact with a rolling robot ball.  If you don’t have a Sphero in your classroom and want to try one with your students, check out this special offer.

In April, Orbotix is giving away an iPad and a Sphero to four lucky classrooms! Entering the contest is simple. Teachers just need to take a photo of their classroom and upload it to Instagram using the hashtag #SPRKscholarship. Then encourage friends, faculty and family to vote on your photo by visiting the contest’s website and clicking on the picture you submitted.

The contest ends April 30th so make sure to snap, tag, and share your photos soon!