My name is Meagan and I am a fourth year education student with a focus on Pre-Kindergarten to Grade 5.
My First Blog
I fall under the category of a reluctant blogger, mainly because I am a pretty private person by nature. However, this is a great opportunity to get out of my comfort zone and embrace all of the benefits that come from having a positive online identity and being part of an online learning community.
My Experience with Educational Technology
As far as my experience with using technology in the classroom goes, I would consider myself to be at an intermediate level. I have some experience which I talk a little more about below. I see great value in incorporating technology to enhance and engage students and to make learning relevant in the 21st century.
The Magic of QR Codes: Endless Possibilities:
During my pre-internship I experimented with QR Codes and online voice recordings as a way of differentiating instruction. This provided the grade 3 students I was teaching the options of reading the course materials or listening to me read the materials through links to my online voice recordings (made accessible through QR codes). Furthermore, students were able to provide answers to questions in writing or orally by recording their answers on their tablets.
This was a huge hit and was a great adaptation for struggling writers. I also used QR codes to guide online inquiry, which is important for young learners. Students were provided with QR codes that linked to videos that I uploaded into Safeshare. Safeshare is a wonderful site that allows you to remove the ads from YouTube videos amongst other editing tools, all of which are great for ensuring content is appropriate for little eyes and ears.
Think you might want to try this in your classroom? Here is a quick step by step process for using voice recordings and QR codes:
Step 1: Create your online voice recording
Record yourself reading the course materials using SpeakPipe which is a free online service that allows you to create voice recordings online that are then saved and accessible through a URL.
Step 2: Creating a QR code that connects to your recordings
Using a free QR Code Generator, input the URL that links to your online voice recording (which you did in Step 1) and generate a QR code. Click ‘download’ and sign up for a free account to access your QR code.
Step 3: Print the QR code you generated and downloaded in Step 2
Step 4: Give the QR code to your students and have them use the pre-installed QR code reader on their tablets to take a picture of the QR code you provided them.
Step 5: After taking a picture of the QR code using their QR code reader they will be directed to a link which will lead them to your voice recording.
Is this something you could use in your classroom? I would love to hear your thoughts? Any ideas on how to improve?