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Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction

Using QR Codes to Differentiate Instruction
An expectation of the Common Core Learning Standards is that teachers differentiate their instruction to meet the needs of all children. This includes special education and general education students, as well as English-Language Learners. One of my favorite technology tools, the QR code, can be used to meet the needs of a variety of students in one classroom. Teachers can create QR codes for differentiated instruction activities. A QR (quick response) code is similar in principle to a barcode -- a matrix image that can be scanned using a mobile device like a smartphone or a tablet with Internet access. There are many free QR Scanner apps that are perfect for classrooms using both iOS and Android devices. In a differentiated classroom, children are working in groups based on level, interest or learning style. One option is to make QR codes that send each student in your class to the same website and create activities that are differentiated. Have you used QR codes in your classroom? Related:  engagement

11 BYOD Apps That Keep The Focus On Content 11 BYOD Apps That Keep The Focus On Content The definition of “BYOD resources” is admittedly subjective. Concerns around BYOD usually involve privacy and legal issues, but one of the primary points of BYOD is allowing students to access content and curriculum directly via devices they’re familiar with. The following 11 apps can be used in a BYOD classroom to help keep the focus on content and publication, rather than the aforementioned digital fences that academic institutions can sometimes get distracted by. 1. YouTube One of the single-most popular apps on earth, regardless of platform or device, YouTube is the modern television, and is likely installed–or at least accessible–on every device in your students’ pockets. 2. A note taking app that you can use across computers and mobile devices. 3. Teachers and students can easily share documents, pictures, and videos between multiple devices. 4. Students can develop their writing and share it with other students and teachers for feedback. 5.

A Handy Visual on How Teachers Can Create and Use QR Code from iPad QR codes are gaining a strong foothold in the field of education. Several teachers are trying them now as teaching and learning tools with students in the classroom. The widespread of mobile gadgetry together with the abundance of QR code readers have made these codes viable tools with an increasing potential in educational settings. relevant: 10 Outstanding QR Code Readers for Teachers If you are not yet familiar with what QR codes are all about and how you can use them with your students, check out "teacher's simple guide to the use of QR codes in education" to get started.Today, however, I am sharing with you this fabulous visual guide from iPad4schools to walk you through the steps you need to follow to create a QR code hunt with just your ipad. This visual guide is available for download in PDF format from this LINK.

Students Set Goals by Del Siegle Click for video about student goals. goals An ancient Chinese proverb notes that no wind is favorable if one does not know to which port one is sailing. Goals provide a standard against which students can gauge their progress, and setting goals can have a substantial impact on student self-efficacy and achievement. Setting and measuring goals is probably the most effective classroom modification teachers can make to increase student confidence. When students achieve short-term goals, they gain an initial sense of self-efficacy for performing well, which is later substantiated as they observe progress toward longer-term goals. Smaller can be better When it comes to goal setting, smaller is better. Research on Goal Setting Ronald Taylor (1964) compared the goals of underachievers and achievers. Robert Wood and Edwin Locke (1987) found a significant relationship between goals and self-efficacy: Students with a stronger sense of efficacy also set higher, but reachable, goals. What to do...

Apple - Education Seminars Online FlapJack Educational Resources: QR Code Fractions Jenga Freebie Hey, ya'll! Rachel Lynette's Multiplication Jenga Labels have had me in love with the Jenga format for practicing math skills for a while now, so last week I combined that love with my love of QR codes in a self-checking Jenga game about fractions. Almost ALL of the fourth grade common core fractions standards are covered in some way through the 54 Jenga labels I have created. This video shows the game in action: My students don't really play the correct Jenga format with this game. Here's How It Works Easy Way 1) Print the two pages of Jenga cards on whole sheet sticker paper. Not-So-Easy Way 1) Print out the two pages of Jenga cards on regular printing paper. 2) Cut out each of the cards. 3) Position onto blocks and cover with clear packaging tape. Players: 1 to 4 1) Take turns choosing Jenga blocks. 2) Solve the problem and tell the answer to your group. 3) Have someone else check your answer by scanning the QR code. 4) If you are correct, use this block to begin creating a tower.

Mobiles in the Classroom Interview Jennifer Carey is the Director of Educational Technology and High School History Teacher at Ransom Everglades School in Coconut Grove, Florida. She graciously granted me a 30+ minute interview via Skype on the topic of cell phones in the classroom. To further engage myself with this week's theme of cell phones in the classroom, I conducted the interview and typed up this blog post on my cell phone (#bonuspoints @teach42). I did, however, record it in GarageBand on my MacBook Pro so that I could go back if I missed anything. I'll have to look into a good mobile phone recording app. The reason I chose Ms. The first question I asked was, "What prompted you to try using cell phones in the classroom?" Ms. I took this break to ask Ms. The next question was regarding school policy. My next two questions were about student and parent response to using cell phones. I then asked Ms. The final question I had planned was about the evidence that Ms. I ended the interview by asking Ms.

Here's A World Map Adjusted for Each Country's Internet Population How-To: Add Your Own Voice to a QR Code Update: RecordMP3 is no longer in service – try recording with Vocaroo and use a QR code creator to turn the audio link into a QR code. You may have seen my post on “Talking QR Codes” and here’s another tip for adding your own voice to a QR code. RecordMP3 is a fantastic site that lets users record their voice using the microphone built-in to their computer. You can then share the link – or turn it into a QR code – so that anyone who opens the page can press play and hear a recording of your voice. Great for adding verbal instructions to a activity sheet or definitions to new vocabulary words for English Language Learners. Learn more about using QR codes to differentiate instruction by signing up for my online course!

When Bell-Ringers Go Bad: My Quest to Deepen Start-of-Class Activities Published Online: January 15, 2014 By Kim McCready For most of my 14 years of teaching, I've assigned "bell work" while attending to beginning-of-class duties. For longer than I care to admit, my bell ringers were bad. These mini-assignments were well-intentioned. My old stand-by was "revise this paragraph in 5-7 minutes." I have since designed three campaigns to overhaul how my class begins. We begin with worksheets. Plenty of tools are available: vocabulary books, dictionaries, our class set of sentence-pattern books. Soon, the more competitive students seek to out-do one another by correctly using as many vocabulary words as possible in a complex sentence pattern. After a few weeks, I drop the worksheets. Finally, I pull vocabulary words only from our current major unit of study (Fahrenheit 451, The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, etc.). The links between close reading, strong arguments, and skillful writing are undeniable. Friday—Share yesterday's response aloud. Web Only Back to Top

Our Story for iPad: The Best Digital Storytelling App for Young Writers There are a lot of digital storytelling apps for the iPad. Each is just a little bit different from the others, but one stands out among the others, at least for me, because of its simplicity, ease of use, and ability to tell great stories. On top of all that, it is 100% free! I’m talking, of course, about Our Story for iPad, an app created by The Open University. Open the app for the first time and you are greeted with three choices Get Started, Create a New Story, or Use Existing Story. To begin adding story details, tap on the image you want to use in the timeline at the bottom of the screen. If you want to return to the story to work on it later, press the save button (the floppy disc icon) to store your progress for another day. Overall it is a great app. Otherwise, I think this is a very worthy app for any elementary or primary classroom, and can be a great way for you to create digital stories with your students. Like this: Like Loading...

5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students My first year teaching a literacy coach came to observe my classroom. After the students left, she commented on how I asked the whole class a question, would wait just a few seconds, and then answer it myself. "It's cute," she added. Um, I don't think she thought it was so cute. I think she was treading lightly on the ever-so shaky ego of a brand-new teacher while still giving me some very necessary feedback. So that day, I learned about wait/think time. Many would agree that for inquiry to be alive and well in a classroom that, amongst other things, the teacher needs to be expert at asking strategic questions, and not only asking well-designed ones, but ones that will also lead students to questions of their own. Keeping It Simple I also learned over the years that asking straightforward, simply-worded questions can be just as effective as those intricate ones. #1. This question interrupts us from telling too much. #2. #3. #4. #5. How do you ask questions in your classroom?

Differentating Lessons that Meet the Common Core Reel | Differentating Lessons that Meet the Common Core Reel Present your ideas and reel in the feedback. Differentating Lessons that Meet the Common Core 17 slides, posted 7 months ago Differentiating lessons can be a powerful way of helping students meet the Common Core standards. Play The End. Differentating Lessons that Meet the Common Core 17 slides, posted 7 months ago Replay Looking for more? Share This Preso Via a link: Embed on your website with this code: Close × Made by ZURB ZURB is a close-knit team of product designers who help companies design better web sites, services, and online products. Reel lets you present your design ideas and reel in the feedback. Design Great Products Faster Check out our other product design apps in the ZURBapps suite. Pro Suite: Influence, Verify, Solidify, Notable Free Apps: Axe, Bounce, Chop, Clue, Plunk, Reel, Spur, Strike Product Design Jobs via ZURBjobs

Seven Ways to Use QR Codes for Your Business Are you familiar with QR codes? You’ve probably already seen them around—those quirky squares with the intricate black and white design inside. The design is actually a matrix code that stores a lot of a large amount of information in a small, square space. When scanned, it quickly and accurately decodes that data such as URLs and text (hence the acronym “QR” which stands for “quick response”). QR codes often pop up in ads or other types of marketing. Get creative with your codes Despite their high-tech nature, it’s easy to create your own QR codes and place them on almost anything. - Business cards: Why not update this classic business mainstay? - T-shirts, mugs, and key rings: Freebies like these that feature your QR code can promote goodwill with your audience – and deliver a simple way to learn more about your company. - Name tag or shirt: Don’t feel like passing out business cards at a convention or conference? - Receipts: Ever thought of using your receipts as a selling tool?

11 Virtual Tools for the Math Classroom More and more classrooms are gaining access to technology that can be used with students. Whether you're modeling a lesson, creating stations, or working in a one-to-one classroom, virtual tools can promote student engagement while increasing academic success. Here are some apps for iPads -- along with a few other tips -- that can transform your daily lessons and are definitely worth checking out! Base Ten Blocks Number Pieces is a great free app that allows every student with an iPad to have an endless number of base ten blocks at their fingertips. Whether they are learning basic place value, modeling how to add decimals, or exploring expanded notation, this app is worth looking into. Protractor Even on an iPad, a protractor can be used as a tool to measure angles. Graph Paper Geometry Pad lets children draw lines and shapes on graph paper. Geoboard Say goodbye to rubber bands! Ruler Ruler is a neat app to try out on your iPad -- it simply turns your screen into a ruler. Pattern Shapes Clock