Teaching with Quick Reading Codes

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This is some amazing technology!! With some online professional development I have learned what those little squares of dots and smudges are all about. Sometimes it is not bad being unemployed as I have time to go to afternoon webinars (on my couch) and learn this stuff that I might not learn if I was busy teaching. (I am ready to teach 45 yesterdays ago already!! and any day now !)

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If you have an app to read QR codes you will get the message. I got a free app from the Play store on my phone.  So I will use this as a way to send messages to parents of my students and in the classroom.   I can embed website addresses into the QR code so young students do not need to type out a website – they can just scan the code and it will take them to the website I want them to be at. The QR code can be at the top of a sheet of paper with several questions about the book I want them to read, or math questions, science or whatever subject we are working on.   It is faster and easier for the students, and the teacher. Most Chromebooks have a QR reader and it is as easy as scanning the code.

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The ways you can use these are numerous for the classroom. You can color code them and match them to your reading groups so the students go to a site that has books they can read for their level. So the whole class can be reading about the same topic – just everyone at their own level. This allows a class discussion and everyone can take part.  The students are on task and the teacher can circulate around and ask questions to check for understanding and comprehension.

If this is something that interests you there are lots of sites that have instructions to get you started. I am pretty sure the students will love this and you will be pleased with how quickly you catch on. You will!

I hope you try some QR codes and have fun with your class – or your kids if you are not a teacher. You can text a code to your kids asking them to call you when they get it. Ha! Then send them your to do list. I hope you have fun.

If you want to try to create your own Quick Read Code just go to any website – I used this one . It is so easy and quick .You will impress yourself when you do this!

Enjoy the rest of the week – Yours in Education, D Mac.

Technology to Promote Education

I want to share the many, many ways we can all promote intelligent use of electronics. There are so many (free) educational apps for iPad’s, iPhone’s, computers and tablets.

I recommend going to your local store and getting a little binder, notepaper, and lots of tabs. (or little post-its and a roll of scotch tape) You will create your tabs as your browse the sites and create your own catalog of what is important to you. Remember to add what site you got the information from in case you want to go back to it again. I have teaching, literacy, math, assessment, websites to check out, classroom management and personal interest. Leave the tabs blank but have them ready as you will need some way to organize the information. I even bought some little sticky notes and a roll of tape so I could add more tabs quickly and easily. I print the name on the post-it, then tape it to the edge of the page because otherwise they tend to fall off. Extend the tape from the front, around the post-it and over the back, adhering it to the page on the  back. This keeps the tab in place and the ink from getting smudged.

I use free educational sites; I do not endorse any of these, nor do I promote them. I like them because they are free, easy to navigate and the information is up to date, relevant for most people, and most provide links to more resources:

EduTopia! Oh my goodness I can not say enough about this site. It has more information than I can get through in a month! I absolutely love it!! Everything from the core subjects (reading, math, science) to project based learning, game based learning, and many more – all kinds of videos, and posts/articles if you want to read about stuff. The articles are written by educated teachers, researchers and other experts. This is stuff you can watch and use right away – where it says classroom just imagine home if you want.  Go there now.You can browse topics by grades or subject from preschool to grade 12.

SimpleK-12 – There is a paid subscription but it is really not needed to get tons of information and access lots of valuable learning tools. A lot of webinars are available without paying and they are usually during the week on a Wednesday afternoon. A webinar is an online meeting where you listen and watch from home and you can see and hear the presentation but they can’t see you. So there are a lot of comments about learning in your pajama’s. 🙂  You can type in any question using your keyboard and the question will be answered at the end of the presentation. Once you join, again free, you will get email notices so you know when there are webinars about topics which you are interested. Easy! http://www.simplek12.com

http://pbskids.org/ and http://www.pbs.org/parents//  These are two sites with a lot of educational games for younger children.  Your kids will have fun for a long time playing games they do not even realize are teaching them skills! At the site for parents there is a lot of information for parents that include food, fitness, parenting, development. There is a lot here to browse and read through.

Those should be enough to get you going for the weekend and perhaps offer some fun (educational) ideas.

Have a great weekend everyone!! Yours in Education, D Mac.