Though more than two years into my school’s implementation of project based learning, yesterday, I found myself excited all over again. I was helping a second grade teacher enhance her landforms PBL by using Padlet as part of the KWL process and suddenly realized that this approach to student-centered learning has truly become a part of who we are as a school.
My adventures in combining PBLs and iPads began with a gift of two carts. I had just started taking the PBLU online courses when the head of our independent pre-k through eighth grade school challenged each grade-level team to teach one unit using the PBL approach while finding authentic ways to draw in iPads. As the lower school technology integration person, I immediately went on a quest to find a guinea pig willing to plan and co-teach a PBL unit incorporating iPads. This is the story of that first experience. . .
Code Studio is a newly released platform geared towards helping students from kindergarten to high school learn the different coding concepts. Code Studio which is a product of the popular nonprofit group Code.org known for its relentless efforts to make coding part of the curricula.
"It’s no secret that I love using QR codes in my classroom, but this year I’ve been trying to incorporate more student-created QR code activities. I recently made an inference activity I’ve been doing for years more interactive by turning it into a student-created QR code bulletin board.
After having some fun with this inference riddle website, my students created their own inference riddles in a similar fashion. I had them type their riddles in Powerpoint and then generate a QR code with their top-secret answer. To generate the QR code, they went to QRStuff.com and clicked the “Plain Text” option. Then they typed their answer in the text box and clicked “Download QR Code.” The last step was to drag the QR code into their Powerpoint presentation."
QR (Quick Response) codes can make classrooms more efficient and interactive. Instead of typing in a web address, a student can open an app and point his or her device’s camera at the code and walk away with a website, audio, or video open in his or her web browser. QR codes store information in an image made up of tiny squares, and anyone can create them.
It’s been a couple years since I blogged about QR codes so it’s time for some updated information.
Cuando se habla de un “widget” en tecnología, se hace referencia a un pequeño programa, que da acceso rápido a funciones que se utilizan con frecuencia en una aplicación concreta. Básicamente son una especie de atajo de teclado a una acción. Los widgets ya aparecieron en tabletas y teléfonos Android en su versión 1.5 y para algunos de …
"The following activity was my first successful attempt at using QR Codes in the classroom. You can use QR Codes in many ways but I specifically wanted to use them to capture the voices of my students explaining imaginary people they created."
"Recently, through the Free Technology for Teachers Facebook page I was asked for suggestions for tools for creating QR codes. Here are five suggestions that I often make in regards to creating and using QR codes in classrooms."