Good morning, good morning! It’s Thursday, but I’m sitting at home on the couch, snuggling with one of the puppies, and watching reruns on TV. Not because I’m sick, but because it’s Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday. I love the food, seeing family, and watching the parade. But mostly I love this time of the year and the holiday season that follows. Thanksgiving is like the big kick-off! It’s also a time to reflect on things your thankful for. And while obviously I am beyond thankful for all the important people in my life, all the great things I have, my new item to that list is….. I’m thankful for being able to explore and use iPads 1:1 with my students this year!
I spend my whole day with these amazing kiddlets and I am continually amazed at all they can do. Being 1:1, I’ve noticed that one of the best ways to introduce a new app or activity is just to present it to them, and then let them explore it for 5 minutes first. As I sit and listen to them during this time, you hear them naturally discover things, ask questions, and help each other. For example, the other day we started exploring Story Kit- an app that is used to make books, write stories, and illustrate them. As the kids were exploring, one of them said out loud, “How do you erase in this?”. Another kid across the room said, “I don’t know!”. Other kids started chiming in and someone said, “I know. You need to go into the color and just use white. The white color erases what you drew.” The first kid said, “Thanks!”. And it was as easy as that. It’s a great example to show how they naturally find out how things work and can problem solve together. I’m thankful for their problem solving skills!
QR stands for quick response and are on literally everything you see. In fact, since I’ve introduced my kids to QR codes, my kids love pointing them out to me on their water bottles, food boxes, crayon boxes, etc. It’s really cute and kind of like a continual scavenger hunt.
When I introduced these to my kids, we first used them during grammar time. We’ve been working on using capital letters for proper nouns. I found this pack on TpT that allows the kids to find mistakes with capitals, scan the QR code, and check their answers. We did this as a class. First we circled the answer we thought was correct, then we’d scan the code and see if we were right.
It can be a little hard for them to scan the QR code because when they are close together, it’s tough to see if you are scanning the correct one. I taught the kids to point with one finger to the right code, and then make sure they see their finger as they are scanning.
That seems to help a lot with my little ones. They really loved doing this! They thought it was so cool that the answer popped up right away.
QR codes can be used in so many different ways. I can’t wait to post about a Tall Tales project we did this past week, which not only incorporated QR codes, but also the app Chatterpix and a craft project.
Make sure to check back next week to see all about it and more! It’s always an adventure with us and I am thankful for that! 🙂