Cell Phones, QR Codes, GPS and Tablets

CreateActivitiesSMARTBoardI just read a post by Katie Stansberry at http://www.iste.org/connect/iste-connects/blog.aspx and how she used a a free QR code generator and created a scavenger hunt for her students with their cell phones at the University of Oregon.  It got me thinking… why not teach students how to use their technology (they probably do it better than we do) to teach them coodinates in math/geography and map-making skills…. use gps coordinates, QR codes, and a portable laptop to gather clues, record them and plot them on a map that they generate.  The final result,  a map with coordinates, a list of the activities performed or problem solved at each point.  Finally, they could create a scavenger hunt for another team.

Sounds like a little problem solving to me and a fun way to do it…  If you try it, let us know what you did and how it worked… I’m going to do more thinking about this and maybe have something to post later! Find some great ideas and resources for using QR Codes in your classrooom at: http://pinterest.com/napmath/qr-code-ideas-for-ed-with-resources/ and http://qrphoria.com/

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About napmath

I recently retired from full-time teaching. I taught students in High School math classes from Basic Math through AP Calculus. I have been into integrating technology into my classes since 1981. I am Nationally Board Certified, am the proud recipient of a Presidential Award of Excellence in Math Teaching, text book author, Golden Apple Scholar, Certified SMART Board Trainer, Regional Technology Teacher of the Year, and give workshops across the country - geometry, Common Core, mathematics, Interactive Whiteboards, and technology. I am currently working as an adjunct faculty member at Illinois Wesleyan University and authoring books for SMART Boards and Promethean Boards with Vision Technology. http://visionstechnology.com/
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3 Responses to Cell Phones, QR Codes, GPS and Tablets

  1. napmath says:

    I just read another article about using QR codes in the classroom…check it out at: http://community.prometheanplanet.com/en/blog/b/blog/archive/2011/10/07/qr-codes-in-the-classroom-cool-idea-or-not.aspx There are some great ideas.

  2. napmath says:

    Here are some more ways to used QR Codes in the classroom:
    1. Place a code on a page in your SMART Notebook to direct students to online resources for the lesson.
    2. On a class field trip, place codes in places students are to visit. At each place have a code that gives a question to be answered and another to tell them where to go next.
    3. Create a quiz using several codes placed around the room.
    4. Create a scavenger hunt using QR codes in the classroom, the school – inside and out, or even in their textbook.
    5. Include QR codes in class newsletters or on the classroom door to direct parents, visitors, and students to class webpages, wikis, or blogs.
    6. Have clubs and activities include QR codes for their websites or information about upcoming activities. Place them on posters, fliers, etc. Example is having drama advertise the next play or musical that is to be performed:
    a. links to information about the piece
    b. Information about actors starring in the play
    c. link to a webpage with photos and information about the performance and/or
    d. link scenes from rehearsals as promos for the show.
    7. Place QR codes on the inside front cover of a textbook or a student-made book to contain information like the author, short summary, and/or link the book to the online resources for the book.
    8. Put the codes on anything given to parents at Open House to link to your class web page.
    9. Art teachers can place QR Codes next to student art at the art show. These could link to videos of student discussions of the art work, the artist’s thoughts about the work, questions to answer when viewing the work, etc.
    10. Create a QR Code quilt (especially when they can be made in any color) – on paper or on material – that links to student work and classroom videos.

    What do you need…
     Content of the code – websites, Google earth coordinates, message or question, etc.
     QR Code creator – websites and apps will create these codes for you.
     Device to read QR Codes – install an app or program that will scan and read these codes.
    Resources:
    • Want to generate a QR code? Try http://www.qrstuff.com/ and enjoy its many options or search the web for others.
    • Here’s a site to get you started with a Treasure Hunt : http://classtools.net/QR/
    • Free QR tools for mobile devices:
    o I-nigma
    o QR Droid
    o NeoReader
    o Dansl – For Desktop
    o Scan
    o QRafter

  3. napmath says:

    Here is another great resource for QR codes from Trever Reeh via Pinterest! http://pinterest.com/treverreeh/math-qr-codes/ Thanks, Trever for gathering and sharing all of these resources!

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