QR Codes On-the-Fly With Chrome

Looking for a quick and easy way to create QR Codes with Google Chrome that doesn’t require an app or extension?

If you have an updated version of Chrome, then you have the built-in feature to create QR Codes on the fly of the website you are currently visiting. When you click in the URL bar in Chrome, you will see the following appear to the far right in the bar. Click download and you’ve got your QR Code ready to share. Using Chrome for the rapid generator does not give you the features to make it fancy but if you want a quick and easy code to share, this is your ticket.

QR Code Monkey

Looking for a good, free, QR code generator? Look no further. QR Code Monkey is your online generator with millions of already created QR codes. The high resolution and optional designs make this tool one of the best out there with a price that’s right… free.

Simply set content type, design a unique code, generate your customized code, download the image and you are set to go. Scans of your QR code are unlimited.

Keywords for Internet Searching

keyword-search4th and 5th grade students are learning how to use KEYWORDS for Internet searching. A few students were asked to describe an object in their mind by giving the class one keyword at a time to see how broad their
guesses started out before narrowing down their guesses to the correct answer. Discussion on how to read a results page was covered when demonstrating an example of a search to the class. Students learned how to determine the validity of a website by the URL extension, see the total number of sites answering the call to their keyword search, and that companies pay to advertise their business to be at the top of the page.   Vocabulary consisted of: keyword, precise, synonyms, and results page.  Students also learned the difference between a web browser and a search engine.

After the lesson (part 1), students were paired with a partner and given 3 searches.  They listed their keywords, answer to the question, and 2 reputable websites that confirm the answer to the question given. Students were challenged to solve A Google A Day search at the end of class.

The lesson is in two parts whereas part 2 will cover more detailed search techniques.  Following up with KEYWORDS, students will be introduced to QR CODES where they will use iPads to scan codes for review in Virginia Studies and US Geography. Their activity is not multiple choice but rather open ended questions. If students don’t know the answer to what the QR Code is prompting, then they must use their KEYWORD skills to find it on the Internet.


QR Code Ideas for the Classroom

magic of qr codes in classTeaching is both a science and an art, and many teachers around the world spend endless hours perfecting their professional practice. At TEDActive 2013, a few teachers from the United States offer some tricks of the trade
they’ve learned (and continue to hone) along the way. Karen Mensing gives some great ideas that are memorable for engaging students.


SeeSaw – The Digital Journal App

seesawLook what we’re doing with SeeSaw!  Second graders are being introduced to using the iPads and are given explore time while I work with students one-on-one for the first time in SeeSaw.  The smiles on their faces tell me this year long project is going to be a hit. And the best part is that it’s friendly, secure, and can be shared only with the teacher and the child’s parents. Students gain access to the app by scanning a QR Code that is unique to their class therefore student journal entries can only be made from school.

Click SeeSaw Accomplishments for a sample of what second grade students began with in Mrs. Wiedeman’s Class and Mrs. Rule’s Class.