Monthly Archives: November 2013

Self-Awareness projects

Thanks to the generosity of PricewaterhouseCoopers and Matt Kapszukiewicz we gained 10 copies of Covey’s 7 Habits of Happy Kids and 20 copies of You’re Smarter Than You Think: A Kid’s Guide to Multiple Intelligences.  Multiple copies allowed us to dive into two enormous book study projects.  This project went through DonorsChoose.  Thanks again PwC and Mr. K for the support!

Reading response…what it is and IS NOT

My goal with reading response homework is NOT for students to write a book report. I am looking for students to respond to something they read.  Here is a 10 minute interactive/audio slide show I created using a super cool app called Bcontext:

http://bcontext.com//bfile/player/pbid/?auth=BKK83T6R2ZP6XMGHA9FM36IXMCV1HNHZNIDYREBOMWGCO5S3ZI
Response to text is about CLOSELY reading and examining a text…and students do not need to finish a whole text to do it!

Using QR codes

I mentioned to a few parents at conferences that I have another “idea” in the works.  The children are really excited about this and are begging me to get this going…  Using QR codes.  QR codes are those icons that you scan..they are everywhere.  After seeing how one teacher used a QR code by her classroom door to invite positive feedback, the wheels started turning…IMG_0870IMG_0871

I know that when I connect technology to learning, I generate WAY more excitement and motivation in the children.  So I started playing with colorful QR codes from www.visualead.com.

That is when I started generating codes to insert in books so students can read and then pause to scan a code for a thought provoking question:

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Other ideas include a “hunt” around school to locate and learn more about reading genres.  The possibilities are endless.  Of course, while the scanner app is free and students can use their own devices at home to scan the codes, we are going to need devices and multiple copies of books at school to utilize as well.  That is where Donors Choose is once again helping.  I just put up another project to fund for books and devices to help get this rolling. http://www.donorschoose.org/project/qr-codes-in-books-make-reading-more-inte/1124097/

Until then… Depth Complexity Content Imperitive QR scan