How do I share information with my littles without having to tell them to type in "www.thiswebsiteistoolong.com"? QR CODES! This has been one of the single most time savers in my classroom. Whenever I want to push out information, in any form, I send it out using a QR code.
Many websites have already created a QR code for you. But if it isn't created for you, I always go to https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/. This website allows you to enter in a specific website address that you would like your students to go to.
Many times I create/upload/share things using Google Drive. When you upload things to Google Drive you can create a QR code so that students can access the materials quickly.
Step 1: Right click or command click (macs) on the file you want to share.
Step 2: Select "Get Shareable Link" / Copy Link
Step 3: Go HERE and paste your link
Step 4: Download the QR Code
I usually print out a piece of paper with my QR Code on it (and a title/picture) so that I can easily organize and share it with my kiddos.
How do I "READ" Qr Codes?
Make sure your students have a QR Reader on their iPads. My favorite is called QR Reader (Original, I know!) It looks like a QR Code with a red line through it.
So now, HOW do I use QR codes?
Here are some ways I use QR Codes in the classroom!
1. Listening Centers: I print QR Codes for my students to access TES Teach (Formerly known as Blendspace). On TES Teach they can access read-a-louds, songs, poems, etc. Check out my previous blog post to find more information on TES Teach.
2. Repeating Directions: I have uploaded several videos to Google Drive on how to do each station I have in my classroom. If a student forgets how to work at a station, they can always scan the QR Code for directions. I have also used this to introduce new stations!
3. Calendar time: Students have led their own calendar time by going to a TES Teach/Blendspace I created. They choose which songs to sing with partners, then lead each other in days of the week and calendar activities.
4. Share Information With parents: At the beginning of the year I sent home a letter to my students. I put a QR Code on the letter, which had me reading the letter to the students. You could also share PDF Files, informative websites, etc with parents using a QR Code. Send it home on a bright color paper with quick and easy directions!
After being at the ICE conference the past few days. I felt compelled to start a blog to share, reflect, and collaborate this amazing road of teaching littles in the 21st century. It has been an amazing and inspiring conference. I am overwhelmed with all of the wonderful ideas that I have learned from other educators. Here are a few takeaways about Blendspace.
I attended a workshop about technology integration in the differentiated classroom. As a previous Inclusion teacher I am extremely passionate about reaching ALL learners. In kindergarten there are all types of students that you have to differentiate for. There are students who went to several years of preschool, there are students who have been exposed to some topics you will be teacher, but there are also students who have never been to school. Blendspace is a tool that can help bridge the gap between all the different types of learners. Here are a few takeaways I learned from @plugusin.
Is an amazing tool for creating a "board" for specific lessons, topics, etc. They are SUPER easy to create, and perfect for the kindergarten classroom. The best part about Blendspace is that there are SO MANY already created! Which makes it easy and quick to implement!
How can I use it?
Stay tuned for more takeaways from the #ICEindiana conference!
Below is a Blendspace all about bats!