QR Codes: Week in Review

              Friday Dialogue from             Your Two Favorite Educators 

As Emily and Aubrey look back over the week they use their razor sharp wit to assess their innermost feelings about helping students writing analysis. 

1.     What are your thoughts about cell phones in the classroom?
Emily:  As long as they aren’t  taking photos of me on their cell phones and then posting them on their Facebook page I don’t really care.  Cell phones are so prevalent that it is virtually impossible to stop them from using them in class.  Some of them can even text without pulling their phone out of their pocket.  That’s impressive.  I think they should be rewarded for their dexterity.

Aubrey: I think cell phones in the classroom can be useful but it has to be for more than just looking up facts about F.Scott Fitzgerald.  We have to monitor how they are used.  Otherwise all that crazy texting through your pocket makes me, well, crazy.  Here’s what I wonder.  What can you possibly have to text to people who  a).  you just saw and b). you spend every waking minute with?   I called my husband this morning on the phone after I just left the house and let’s just say the reminder I gave him was not well received.  And remember we are MARRIED.  When I imagine a world in which I text him as much as my students text each other I imagine a world in which I am no longer married to anyone.

2.  Describe the most important aspect of having a cell phone.  OR  Why do you love your cell phone?  

Emily:  I would marry my cell phone if I could.  I have an IPhone and it can keep me entertained for hours.  I think if I had unlimited battery life I could survive on a deserted island for several days with just my cell phone.  You can do everything with it.  Read magazines.  Read newspapers.  Play games.  Read books.  Communicate with friends.  Seriously.  What can’t you do with your cell phone?

Aubrey: Change the size of my big fat fingers.  That’s what you can’t do.  Even though I have the iPhone and I think it’s cool, I’m not sure it entertains me.  My big fat fingers make it hard to type and I’m always pushing the wrong buttons and accidentally calling people.  Or sending the wrong texts to the wrong people.  Example: Last year I sent Emily a text that asked when she was going to be home and if she was going to buy dog food. Problem: Emily doesn’t live with me or anywhere near me and has no dog.   While this doesn’t mean she can’t buy dog food, it makes it highly unlikely.

3.Describe your last experience with a QR code.   Do you see them as useful?

Emily:  I always try to scan while riding the el and never actually succeed.  I do think they are successful.  In a climate of “going green” it is a great way to pass along information without wasting paper.  Now, I’m not worried about my carbon footprint.  I’m averaging a 2.5-3 hour commute each day…so I’m not worried about “going green.”  However, this is helpful for when I’m singing karaoke and want to view the available songs but don’t want to wait for the binder to be passed around from table to table.

Aubrey: The New York Times Book Review had a multitude of them last week in the advertisements for new novels.  I scanned every single one and then realized I didn’t have the time to read all of the extra information and that I was just scanning them to hear the Paperlinks app go “ping!”  It’s such a friendly sound.  It makes me feel accomplished.

4. Imagine your 12th grade English teacher.  Imagine your 12th grade English teacher having everyone in class complete a QR code or cell phone related activity.  Please write this short story in no longer than 3 sentences appreciative of syntax, diction and humor.

Emily: Let’s be honest, you know how silly I was as a high school student.  I was drawing megaphones next to my name and writing short stories about my boyfriend.  I know that I would be so giddy about being able to use my cell phone in the classroom that I would probably annoy my teacher and peers.

Aubrey: Mrs. Biehl, my AP Literature teacher was the most feared and beloved teacher in my entire high school.  First quarter she asked us to bring in our favorite music to analyze and at the time, it seemed like a good idea to choose the Cranberries’ “Zombie; I was not alone since some other student brought in Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun.  Her face was priceless, a mix of misery and confusion, and as a result, I can say with certainty that would be her face if faced with cell phones/QR codes.

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