Tag Archives: QR codes

i-Skool: Learning in Motion on Mobile Devices

21 May

colourI’ve shared lots of reasons why I’m a fan of QR codes.  i-Skool is a project that incorporates scannable technology and puts learning in motion.  Its goal is to enhance brain activity by getting kids on their feet as they practice cognitive skills.  Teachers create a quiz with an item connected to a color in a specific location.  Children receive directions on what to do based on what they scan as they move around with their mobile device.

Gallery_01The simple game play is perfect for classroom activities where teachers want to connect spaces in their learning environment to important information.  i-Skool is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to expand from their current demo version based on colors to include images and QR Codes.

Learn more about i-Skool by visiting their website and check out their campaign page on Indiegogo!

Augmented Reality Read Aloud Stations (with QR codes too!)

14 Nov

Screen Shot 2014-10-17 at 3.50.31 PMIMG_8013If you’re a regular reader of ClassTechTips.com you know how much I love scannable technology!  I’ve had the opportunity this past year to work with LitWorld as they’ve developed iPad literacy programing for children and families.  One super fun set of posters we’re using this fall let’s students scan a poster to access a video of a read aloud.

At this read aloud station kids can scan the poster using Layar to access an augmented reality trigger or scan the QR code.  They’re taken to one of my favorite online video collections of celebrity read alouds.  Students can then sit and listen to a story.

This is a great option for stations in an elementary school classroom or bulletin board in a library!

Create your own using your favorite poster making tool or download mine from Syllauby!

Using Scannable Technology to Reach Parents Year Round

4 Oct

Here’s a preview of my new post for Edutopia – click on the link below to read more!

The beginning of the school year is often a time when teachers stop and think about the best way to communicate with their students’ parents. We all know how important it is for caregivers to stay informed about everything happening in your building. Making sure that parents are aware of upcoming events, homework assignments, and the new strategies you’re using in their child’s classroom can have a big impact on how students perform in school.

Scannable technology can be used throughout the school year to put all of the information that parents need right at their fingertips. Teachers can use QR codes and Augmented Reality triggers to keep families in the know from Using Scannable Technology to Reachthe first to the last day of school. As more families have access to a smartphone or tablet in their hand, in their pocket, or as backup, teachers are in a position to leverage this technology to make sure that students and their parents are aware of expectations inside and outside of the classroom.

Getting Started

First, you should explicitly introduce how you’ll be using scannable technology to put information in the hands of your parents. Just as you…

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QR Code Reader for All Devices!

12 Jul

The App Store is full of QR code readers – most of which are free.  My go-to QR code scanner is i-nigma.  One reason I recommend this app at workshops and conferences is because it can be used on lots of different devices.  If you visit their homepage you can see links for the Apple App Store, Android Market, BlackBerry App World and WindowsPhone Marketplace.  Screen Shot 2014-07-12 at 9.04.25 AM

This means that i-nigma is perfect for schools rolling out a BYOD (bring your own device) program.  It’s also great for teachers recommending a QR reader app to parents so that they’ll be able to read the information posted on a QR code attached to a newsletter or homework assignment.

Looking to learn more about QR codes?  Check out my take at your own pace online course! (50% off)

App Combo: Foldify and QR Codes

4 Jul

Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 8.37.40 AMThere are lots of ways to distribute QR codes to students and I discuss a handful of tips in my Udemy course on QR codes and differentiated instruction.  This year at ISTE in Atlanta, I shared with teachers one easy way to add QR codes to three-dimensional shapes.  Screen Shot 2014-07-04 at 8.49.11 AM

The app Foldify lets users create a template for a variety of three-dimensional shapes.  Instead of drawing a picture or adding family photos, I used a QR code generator on my iPad, saved the pictures to the Camera Roll, and placed them on my Folidify creation.  They are easy to assemble after your print them out and great for having students roll a dice for a mystery writing prompt or math problem.

Foldify isn’t a free app but it is definitely easy to use and a great choice for creating your own three-dimensional shapes!

How-To: Link Images to QR Codes

6 May

QR Codes are a fantastic way to take students directly to a website and I’ve shared tons of ways I like to use them!  If you want your students to find a picture without doing a Google Image search, it’s easy to create a QR code that takes students directly to a photograph.

1. Do an Internet search to find the perfect picture 

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2. Right click on the picture and choose “Copy Image URL”

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3. Paste the Image URL into a QR code generator 


4. When students scan the QR code they’ll be taken straight to the picture – not a website with text, advertisements or other links to click on.

Looking for more tips for using QR codes with students? Check out my Udemy course: “Using QR Codes in the Classroom: Energize and Differentiate Your Lessons” (50% off)

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

24 Apr

I am so excited to launch my second Udemy course!Screen Shot 2014-04-23 at 1.04.08 PM

“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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