Ready, Set, GO!There is a world of technology right at our fingertips. It is up to us as educators to use and implement new ways of learning and teaching. Today I am introducing two topics. First off, do you notice that funny looking black and white box? Well this is what we call a QR code. To make one of these is simple, but first you need to know what it is.
A QR Code is just another way to seek more resources. The next time you are out in public look around you, and I bet you can find at least 10 of these. They are used to real you (the consumer) in. Stores use them for you to find coupons, they are used in books for you to find more information on a particular subject, and in many more ways. In this case I am using it to inform you about how important I pads are, and how resourceful they can be in a classroom.
Now how do you make on of these fancy QR Codes? Well all you do is find a web page or blog that you would like people to go to copy the URL then go to a QR generator like this one: http://www.the-qrcode-generator.com/ and paste it in the URL box. Then there it is ready for you to upload to any document you would like. A perfect example of a way you can use this is, a preschool newsletter. For example this week/month there is just way to much information, but you would really like parents to have that extra article on potty training or behavior management, or maybe you are keeping a blog about classroom activities. Just upload one of these to your newsletter and now you have more information at parents fingertips.
If you do not have a QR scanner on your I pad or a smart phone you can still click on the web link below the code to look threw all the great videos about how I pads are creating success in preschools.
I have recently talked to several preschool teachers that frequently use I pads in the classroom. For example one teacher used an app to show children different types of musical instruments and how each one worked. Students were then able to see the instrument and make music.
Think about some ways you may add using a QR code or an Ipad in your classroom.