I have discovered and fallen in love with QR codes this year! These little codes can open students up to a WORLD of information. Plus, let’s face it. Trusting the internet is a scary proposition. As soon as students search for something, a terrible ad can pop up….or questionable links can come up. Internet research with young children makes me a nervous wreck. QR codes have stopped that for me!
I’ve been blessed with 3 Ipad minis donated by parents. Start by downloading a FREE QR code reading app on your tablet or phone. I suggest using this app for apple products or this app for android devices.
My students researched penguins using our QR scanners. Since I teach first grade, I divided the students into small groups and worked with them to guide them in researching, reading, and recording on their research tabbed books. We used the QR codes from my Penguin Project on TPT. I placed the QR codes on a ring so students could easily flip through them. I also left this ring with the ipads for students to explore during centers.
As students went through each page of the booklet, they recorded information.
We were thrilled with the final products.
The students had such a great time researching. I was so proud of their hard work! This was a great introductory research project for them. We enjoyed it so much that I’ve decided to create similar research projects for other months! I just created a President Project as well. Be sure to check out the Penguin Project and President Project by clicking below!
And speaking of Presidents Day, be sure to check out this blog post for lots of FREE digital resources to use in your classroom!
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