QR Code People

CreateQR CodePeople

At the beginning of the year, I like to have the students participate in technology integration projects where students get a chance to describe themselves to their classmates. This project allowed students to use written expression to describe themselves, create a QR code with text, and create a self-portrait. I did this project on the Mac, you can most certainly do this project on the iPad as well.

This project has three parts:

Part 1:

Have students create a QR code with 5 descriptive sentences. I have students use my favorite QR code generator, goqr.me. I like this site because it’s easy to create a QR code with text as well as a QR code that points to a URL. Simply click what type of QR code you want to create, type in the text, and download the QR code to your computer or save it to your camera roll (iOS).

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The QR code will become some part of the “body” of the self-portrait the kids create. I suggested that they could use it as the head or body. I used Kid Pix for this project, but you could use any drawing app on the iPad that will allow the user to import the QR Code into the picture. NOTE: Do not get any ink or color on the QR code or it will not scan. I had students save their work as an image and put it on their desktops for the next step.

Part 3:

The last part of the project is always the most fun for students. Now is where they can scan one another’s QR Codes. Using a QR code reader of your choice, have students use their iPad to scan each other’s “QR Code Person” and read about that person as they determine who is in the self-portrait. Hopefully, this fun project using technology will allow students another way to get to know their classmates while incorporating written expression, typing skills, desktop drawing skills, and using QR codes as a way to get a quick response.

Here are a few examples:

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Dot Day 2015 with Technology Tools

Dot Day in Mrs. Requard's Classes

Dot Day in Mrs. Requard’s Classes

International Dot Day is always something I look forward to. Since I teach technology classes, I knew I had to plan special activities where my students could learn a technology skill while also interacting with the book. First, my students listened to the story using TumbleBooks on our SmartBoard. Next, we had a great discussion about what makes this book special and how each of us contribute unique gifts to this world. Here’s the activities with samples from each grade level:

Fifth Grade:

Students used the Adobe Voice app to retell the story in their own words. They used the app Drawing Pad to insert a drawing into their Adobe Voice project. This added a touch of personalization to their projects. Students practiced the art of retelling a story and also put creative touches on icons, music, themes, and appearance. I loved how these turned out. Here’s a few samples in one short movie:

Fourth Grade:

I had my fourth grade students create art gallery advertisements using Pages. Students added text, changed font, color, and size, and inserted shapes using the shape tool. Once the shapes were inserted, they played with the many features to format their circles. They played with the fill tool, added lines, added rectangles to create a picture frame, explored the arrange tool by sending objects to the front or the back. Students loved figuring out how to add depth to their shapes by adding shadows, reflections, and exploring the opacity of the object. Here are a few samples of my student’s creating their art gallery advertisement:

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Dot Day Art Gallery Advertisements in Pages

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Third Grade:

I had my students create art galleries in Keynote. Like using Pages, using the shape tool in Keynote was very fun for these students. My students explored similar features in Pages and created their very own art galleries followed by a tour of their galleries before class was over. Students practiced so many technological skills when doing this activity. Here are some of the pictures from our “art gallery” in class.

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Dot Day Inspired Art Galleries using Keynote

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Dot Day Inspired Art Galleries!

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Art Gallery Tour

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Art Gallery Tour

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Art Gallery Tour

Second Grade:

Second graders used Drawing Pad to create their own unique dots. Once finished, I wanted to give them the opportunity to bring their dots to life and give their dots a voice by using Chatterbox Kids. This was a fun app smash project. Here are a few samples of their animated dots with voice:

Hope you enjoyed seeing how we’ve MADE OUR MARK this year! #DotDay2015

Say it isn’t so, Paper 53!

New Favorite

I am a fan of iPad and web apps that do not require a login. Since I teach students ranging in ages from 5-11, I need apps that are easy to use, do not require student accounts, and have the ability to share to the camera roll. I do not typically use apps that require a student account or login. In fact, when apps get new updates, often times they will add a login and then I am very hesitant to use the app again. Adobe Voice added this feature in their most recent update and now I have students using one generic email address in order to access the app, but I really don’t prefer to do it this way.

I have always loved Paper 53. I love using it to create sketch notes and I love how the app can be used in various projects in my classroom. For a single user, Paper 53 is a great choice and the updates include really nice features.

I recently received all new iPads for my classroom and naturally, I added Paper 53. As I was planning my lessons for this week, which included the use of Paper 53, I noticed that the first screen prompted a login. There is no way around this, as I tried it on several different iPads. Below is a screen shot of the new login screen. I think the only way to get around this screen is if you’ve already had Paper 53 installed on the iPad and perhaps you can press cancel, if that option exists.

Paper 53 new login screen

When I saw that users now needed a login to access this app, I knew I needed to search for a replacement. I really wanted a replacement that allowed many color choices and a variety of painting tools, especially a water color tool. I was so happy to find the app called Tayasui Sketches. This app is free and has many of the features that I love about Paper 53. Plus, users do not need an account to use the app!

Here are a few screen shots:

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Drawing tools

Drawing tools

Save to camera roll!

Using a “pinch” gesture, you see a variety of sharing/saving options. Students can also save to the camera roll!

If you are like me and do not enjoy creating accounts for students to access various apps, then this might be a great alternative if you are a Paper 53 fan. 🙂

Guess Who? A Getting to Know You Project Using Tech Tools

Guess Who?

Here’s a super fun project that allows students to creatively use technology as a tool to get to know their classmates. In this project, I will show you two of my favorite things…photo editing and CheckThis. I’ve blogged about CheckThis in the past (click here). It’s a  free web application where students can create online posters with so many cool tools…a great way to share learning, create quizzes for classmates, and create quick posters on learning concepts. Best of all, it’s easy and students do not need an account to create! Here’s how it’s done:

Using PhotoBooth on a MacBook, iMac, or iPad, have students take a picture of themselves with the built-in camera.

Click here and click on EDIT. You don’t need an account for this project (this is why I love this site).

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Click on effects and choose the Focal Pixelate option. This will allow the user to pixelate their photo in order to disguise who the person is.

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Another option is using the Skitch app on the iPad to pixelate the photo. Once your photo is Pixelated, then save it to the Camera Roll (iOS) or take a screen shot (OS X) (Command, Shift, 4).

Open up the CheckThis web app. Click on Create New Post and then click Create a Post Online.

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Now, students can title their post. They can delete unwanted elements by clicking on the trash icon. Additionally, students can re-order elements by clicking the gear. To add additional elements, students can click the + sign. For this particular project, I had the students add a title, pixelated photo, 5 descriptive sentences detailing something about themselves (nothing personal), and then poll the audience to see if they can figure out who the person is.

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Once finished, students can personality to their post by changing the colors and fonts.

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Additionally, you can add a custom background and fine-tune who can see the link. I always have the students hide the link so that it’s only visible if you have the links. Then, click publish…no edit.

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You will now have your own URL to share. I usually collect all the URLs via Google Docs and share them with the students the next class period so that they can visit each other’s sites and vote on who is who in their class. Finally, I have students create a QR code as a nice way to showcase this project when they return home from school and show their families.

Here’s an example of my finished poster! Click here to see the live link with the polling feature active. Have fun creating these with your class! The possibilities are truly endless!

Guess Who Project by April Requard

Guess Who Project by April Requard

Happy creating!

April