It All started with an idea:
Mrs. Carrie Simpson of Honea Path Middle School approached me with an idea about a month and a half ago. She wanted her sixth grade math students to be able to use iPads to complete a review scavenger hunt around their school. I have used ActivExpressions to complete scavenger hunts before, but never iPads.
We began searching online to try and find what she was describing, or perhaps directions from someone who had done this activity before, but we were unable to find exactly what she was envisioning. The only type of QR code scavenger hunts we could find required students to simply write their answers on a piece of notebook paper for the teacher to check later. We wanted our students to have to enter the correct answer to get the next clue--thus ensuring they were getting the answer correct and making this activity worthwhile, while also keeping the teacher from having to monitor students as well as check papers at the same time. Unable to find what we wanted, I turned to my husband Matt, a computer science major at Clemson University, for help.
Matt to the rescue!
Matt was able to program a QR code scavenger hunt for us! Using Weebly, Carrie used Matt's program to enter the review questions and create the QR codes. It's a little tricky, but she wanted to practice creating it because she'd like for her honor students to create one in the future.
The hunt went great! Mrs. Simpson started each group of students (they worked in pairs) at a different location around the school. Students simply had to scan the QR code located in that section to get the question. They would work it out and enter their answer. Correct answers would display the clue to the next location. Students knew to go back into the classroom once they ended back where they started. Students were excited to be out of the classroom, and the competitive nature of the hunt kept them quiet, as they didn't want others to overhear their answers. It also kept them on task, for if they played around and wasted time, they couldn't be first! Mrs. Simpson did have students record their work and answers in their journal, just so she could double check that they had actually been working and had gone to each station.
Absolutely! All you need to do is send me a list of around 10 review questions and where the questions will be placed. This would work for all grade levels--and you do not need an iPad! You'd just need devices that are capable of scanning a QR code (most cell phones have this feature). Let me know if you're interested in doing a project like this! It works great for review or extra practice.
There will always be that one student who will refuse to do as told. I would have the same questions, and maybe even a few extra, printed out in a worksheet. If they choose to not follow directions, then they get the same practice but from their desk.
Improve your parent-teacher communication by uploading your newsletter to your classroom website. Weebly is a free website creator that is super easy to use. This summer we held a technology workshop featuring Weebly, and some teachers have already created some pretty awesome sites! Check them out here:
Michael Hitch--6th Grade Social Studies
Patti Campbell--5th Grade ELA and Social Studies
Tracy Pruitt--5th Grade ELA and SS
Kerry Anderson--5th Grade ELA and SS and School Houses
You can also view my fourth grade website from last year.
We will have another weebly PD session soon (perhaps next month), but for those of you who cannot wait to dive in, here is a quick tutorial on how to upload your newsletter to your site.
My name is Beth Dabney. I
have been working in Anderson School District 2 for nine years. I was a fourth
grade math and science teacher at Belton Elementary School for the first seven
years of my career. I am looking forward to working with the amazing employees
of Anderson Two to implement different technologies to help enhance learning for