Technology in the Classroom using QR Codes
I’m always search for ways to use technology in the classroom. Recently, I discovered how to make my own QR codes! 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!
Getting Started with QR Codes
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 tabbed books. 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 further during centers.
The Research Process
As students went through each page of the booklet, they recorded information.
Once all their notes were complete on each of the pages, we stapled them to make a mini book about their penguin species. Then, they presented their findings to the class.
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, and they had so much fun. They begged to do other projects soon! This project was a great use of our classroom technology and is a prime example of how you can use technology in even a first grade classroom for educational purposes!
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