Implementing tech is daunting. It requires that teacher be both troubleshooter and cheerleader. Things go wrong when students and technology mix. Computers are slow. Students are impatient. I’ve answered the same question about text boxes three times. It’s enough to make the best of us say, “Take out your copies of The Things They Carried and read silently.”
People can argue all they want that the digital native now sits in every seat in every classroom, but I don’t buy it. Students are just as frustrated, impatient and incapable as I am. They can’t figure out how to import video or change font size either. This is, of course, why any type of worthwhile classroom technology must have multiple applications. Technology that is multipurpose helps teachers with troubleshooting and students with familiarity.
In an effort to do just that, this week we revisit the QR code. As far as “tech” goes, it’s simple. So simple that in these waning days of the school year you could easily implement a QR code activity with little trouble and impressive results. When we posted about QR in the classroom this past November our goal was to teach students the role of QR codes in society and to revamp classroom learning stations into QR stations. This time we’ll post on how QR can extend classroom learning, provide student choice and teach students to evaluate/review areas of focus.
Our previous posts are listed below to get you started.