Mobile ESL: QR Codes in the ESL Classroom Over the last few weeks I've been training a group of Korean teachers here in the UK as part of a development programme organised by their Ministry of Education. As it's been recently announced that Korean schools will be completely digital by the year 2015 and all textbooks will be replaced by tablets or laptops, I've been exposing them to a variety of different technologies and web 2.0 tools to help them see how they might apply them in their own classroom context. Among the tools we've used are Posterous Groups as a way for them to share pictures and experiences; Google Docs as a way of sharing materials and handouts; we've also discussed the value of digital storytelling via various web 2.0 tools and they all created a Voicethread in one of the sessions.
Teachers Guide on The Use of QR Codes in The Classroom What are QR codes ? According to Wikipedia, a QR code is " a specific matrix bar code ( or two-dimensional code ), readable by dedicated QR bar code readers and camera phones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background. The information encoded can be text, URL, or other data."
Batch-Create QR Codes in Google Spreadsheet Overview:Enter some text or a URL in a spreadsheet and a QR code will be automatically created – all with the help of a little formula that you’ll learn about in this tip of the week. This is a great way to create lots of QR codes very quickly and easily! You will have two options: 1. Create your own; or 2. Making presentations that stick Almost three years agoI praised the ideas expressed in the bestselling book Made to Stick.I even featured the ideas briefly in the first book, Presentation Zen. Earlier this month Fast Company Magazine featured a 3-minute video by Made to Stick co-author Dan Heath on their website called Presentations that Stick. Watch the video below orcheckout the transcripts and resources on the Fast Company site.As you may recall from the bookMade to Stick,if you want to communicate your ideas in a way that makes an impact, then craft messages that embrace storytelling, are simple, concrete, credible, emotional, and have an element of unexpectedness. In the video below, Dan reminds presenters to (1) be simple (without being simplistic), (2) show something, and (3) tease before you tell.Example: The Girl EffectBelow is the YouTube version of the Girl Effect, the sample that Dan mentioned in the video. (Go here for the high-rez version on the Girl Effect website. Digg this • Add to del.icio.us
5 Real Ways To Use QR Codes In Education QR codes… Disposable fad? Or useful technology? Opinions on whether QR codes are of real value is a hotly debated topic. But regardless of polarized views on the technology, there are some teachers using QR codes in education in some very inventive and exciting ways. QR codes have been in use since 1994 when they were created to track vehicles during manufacturing. Growing in popularity in recent years with the explosion of camera equipped smart-phones, the codes are now being used to link real world objects with all sorts of online data and information.
Mobile Web Best Practices 1.0 [THEMATIC_CONSISTENCY] Ensure that content provided by accessing a URI yields a thematically coherent experience when accessed from different devices. [CAPABILITIES] Exploit device capabilities to provide an enhanced user experience. [DEFICIENCIES] Take reasonable steps to work around deficient implementations. [TESTING] Carry out testing on actual devices as well as emulators. [URIS] Keep the URIs of site entry points short. [NAVBAR] Provide only minimal navigation at the top of the page.
FlapJack Educational Resources: QR Code Classroom Craze Tutorials FlapJack QR Code Resources Try your hand at QR Codes with these freebies. :) InLinkz Project Manager account expired QR Code Writing Prompts How to Use QR Codes in Student Projects Scannable bar codes may be just what you need to spark some student interest in your classroom - read on to learn how to use them to showcase your student work and give some life to your classroom's infographics. Last April ago I took a trip to Tokyo, Japan. One thing that really stood out to me there was the abundance of these scannable barcodes. These things were everywhere - flyers, posters, billboards, even in advertisements on the sides of commercial vans. Over the past few months, I've watched these codes gain popularity in the United States (If you're from another part of the world, I would love to hear about the trends you've seen - leave a comment). The world as we know it is becoming scannable.
21st Century Learning at PLE Educational Technology and Information Literacy (ET-IL) skills are valued at Pine Lane as a component of 21st Century Learning Skills. Likewise, 21st Century Learning Skills are a critical piece of Douglas County's plan for providing a World Class Education. 21st Century Skills There are 12 skills outlined by DCSD as ones that are to be addressed as part of delivering a World Class Education. They include: Global Competence, Systems Thinking, Creativity and Innovation, Critical Thinking and Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, Economic and Financial Literacy, Resiliency, Health and Wellness, Ethics, Social Responsibility and Democracy/Civic Responsibility. Please see the attachment below for more specifics about each area.
Using QR codes to create educational posters I have been pondering how to use QR codes in the classroom. My favorite use being to tape QR codes into old textbooks to make them relevant. The code pictured below goes to a YouTube video with directions on how to do those math problems. Student-Community Collaboration to Construct Mobile Learning Games (EDUCAUSE Quarterly Key Takeaways Integrating mobile learning games into a graduate-level course at Appalachian State University built on the concepts behind constructionist pedagogy and service-learning. Students constructed mobile learning games related to aspects of local wetlands education by partnering with the community and faculty experts.
12 Great Free Keyboarding Games to Teach Kids Typing June 5, 2014 Over the last few weeks I received a couple of emails asking for web games to help kids learn touch typing. I went through my archive and did some extra researching and came up with the list below. Touch typing is typing without using the sense of sight to find the keys. A person possessing touch typing skills will know their location on the keyboard through muscle memory. It can improve any individual's typing speed and accuracy dramatically.