Questions I have following today’s hack…
- Are QR code readers already installed on school set of iPads?
- Is there an up to date list of apps currently installed on school set of iPads that can be accessed at any time by staff?
Things I learnt today:
- Students don’t need phones or their own iPads to use QR codes if QR code reader is installed on school set of iPads
- Desktop computers can also scan QR codes if they have a webcam
- QR codes are quick and easy and can link to websites, short pieces of text, email addresses, phone numbers etc.
- Can make a QR code using a free generator online e.g. qrstuff.com
- QR codes could be useful in English (or other subjects) to create scavenger hunts, or to link to interactive online content e.g. a Youtube video, website or online game
How I could use QR codes in class:
- Create a scavenger hunt. This could turn content into a game for students in itself
- Use QR codes to link to different activities different groups are working on
- Link to the games that we are playing in class
- Could be great for differentiation- different QR codes could link to different activities/tasks I want the students to complete based on their abilities
- Could use as an extension activity
Currently in class I’ve been using the different games from these three websites:
www.abcya.com Literacy games, free, no sign up required. Also have games for numeracy and World Languages. Boys particularly have taken interest. Trialled with Y8 and Y7 during library lessons using PC. Some games do not work on iPads as they have Flash. Lots of Primary games too.
http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/ks3/games/ These are free games, no sign up required for English, Maths and Science. Students enjoyed them. I like the State of Debate game. Need to check if it will work on iPads.
https://www.newsu.org/courses/be-reporter-game Sign up is required. Poynter News University. 15 minute long games available as courses. I’ve been looking at How to be a Reporter and How to be an Editor which was made for teachers, students and journalists. It creates a virtual reality for players and has great teaching plans to support use. I am thinking of setting as a homework for my students who are studying a non-fiction media unit as part of the Year 8 TOTAL Enterprise unit. I’ve shared with the English dept so students can try it from different classes. Need to check if it will work on iPads.
I discovered this today which might be good for Primary and has a free trial which combines playing with lego with technology on the iPads to create stories…
I’ve signed up to Twitter recently- it’s a fantastic CPD opportunity. So many great ideas and links teachers up to an amazing network of education professionals. To have it unblocked at school I think you need to put in a ticket via Service Desk. Through Twitter this week, I have discovered
Finally, I’ve been investigating a range of mind mapping apps and websites to help support students with revision and organization. Discovered Inspiration App on iPad and also www.mindnode.com Let me know if you can recommend any others!