QR codes in texts

A year ago I got an idea to insert QR codes in texts to direct students to reflective questions as they read. My intent was to promote diving deeper into thinking about what they were reading.  This spring I tried something a bit different.

My 4th graders were reading Van Gogh Cafe by Cynthia Rylant. A short read filled with plenty to inspire inquiry and wonder. Each week the children would meet in small groups to discuss the most recent chapter. Prior to that reading I had them think more about the content by scanning a QR code at the end of the chapter. This code directed them to a Google form with 2-4 questions, aimed at thinking a bit higher on Bloom’s Taxonomy.  My children then entered their responses and these were instantly delivered to a spreadsheet for my review.  They loved responding in this way and I found it was incredible for assessing and tracking!

Here’s the code for chapter 5:

Van Gogh Cafe ch 5 QR codeTeacher Created Content Samples and Resources

“Some of us have to work tomorrow…”

This is my husband’s favorite thing to say to me in the summer.  He knows that I don’t really take summers off though! I may not use an alarm clock, but I’m usually working on at least 10 projects at a time.  My summer to do list:

  • Finish/submit chapter I am co-authoring with a high school teacher about online teacher created content
  • Dive into my role as a 2015 PBS Digital Innovator
  • Continue building/developing my PD course “Strategies for Gifted Learners”
  • Prepare 2 sessions for ISTE’s creativity playground (Can’t wait to go! Philadelphia June 28-July 1)
  • Prepare session and “poster session” for ILA (That’s in St. Louis July 17-20)
  • Polish 3 sessions for HighAIMS teacher workshop in August
  • Visible Learning book study with local teachers
  • Teaching Literacy in the Digital Age book study via ISTE
  • Webinars, Twitter chats…
  • Plan “modules” for students for next year so they can be more independent and self-directed
  • Get Google certified (and go over all the great stuff I learned at the Ohio Google Summit)
  • Create “help and how to” videos linked to auras (augmented reality) for students to access as they need it
  • Start planning for NCTE presentation in the fall

I did already read my first professional book: Digital Reading (NCTE publication) and WOW… already energized!