|Goal: To utilize features and apps on tablets/mobile devices to develop and enhance student centric, assessable lessons.
• Create and publish a set of QR codes that link to websites, text, and a video. Evaluate an app based on app store descriptions and iEAR.org app reviews, then describe how it might benefit your classroom.
It's likely that you, your students, or their parents are carrying around an iOS or Android device right now. Schools are purchasing more tablets each day.
Whether you've got a single device or a room full of them, knowing how to leverage the features and apps on these devices can truly enhance your lessons. Without proper preparation, the devices can also be a big distraction. In this module, we'll look at ways to achieve more of the former, and less of the latter.
QR (Quick Response Codes)
What: Bar code like pictures that link to websites, maps, links, and text when scanned with a reader. Chrome, iOS, Android, Web
How: Generate these codes on sites like QR Stuff and SnapMaze or via browser add-ons. The blocky pictures represent the letters or urls in your message (a longer url or message means a more crowded picture).
Why: Mobile devices can scan these codes and take students directly to the intended site, movie, map, etc. Teachers can use them to create stations around their rooms or develop scavenger hunts or guided tours around a particular area. It's also an easy way to post a big message in a small space.
Considerations and helpful sites
iEAR.org - A site dedicated to reviewing educational apps.
Quixey - A search engine for all app stores in one place
TCEA App List - Huge spreadsheet of apps for all levels