First Week Back=Success

I never thought I’d say this, but I LOVED starting the school year on a Monday this year.  I got way more accomplished this first week than I usually do since we had a full week.  I’m absolutely in love with my new group of kiddos, and I’m so thrilled to have several of the same ones from when I taught first grade. 

Since I use QR codes a lot in my classroom, I wanted to get my kids acclimated to scanning them on both the laptops and iPads right off the bat.  They had a blast with my Back to School Getting to Know You Cube activity using QR Journal on the laptops.  This activity is available for free in my TpT store if you need a fun ice-breaker. 

They used the iPads while reviewing third grade math concepts using my I Spy QR Codes pack. Between the 50+ QR code sunglasses scattered around the room and Jivey’s *free* My Future is So Bright activity, my classroom looks like a Sunglass Hut right now! 

Before we went on any websites on the laptops, my kiddos took a “Rules of the Road” course to earn their official PBS Kids Web license.  You can read my post from last year about this internet safety activity here.

We’ve also been working hard at building our stamina during Daily 5.  Here they are practicing reading to self. 

Here they are listening to reading on Storyline Online.

Today, they used Today’s Meet to post a summary of a book they read on Storyline Online.  They enjoyed reading their peers’ responses and now have some good recommendations of books to read online.

It’s been a crazy-busy week, but I’ve loved every minute of it.  It feels good to be back!  Hope you're all having a smooth start to your year.:)

Giveaway Winner and Back to School Freebie

As promised, I have a new back to school freebie for you.  But first, I want to announce the winner of my giveaway.  Congratulations to…

Cathy, please check your email and let me know which products you’d like from my store!  Thanks to everyone who entered.:)

And now, here’s my back to school freebie.  

I’m going to use this activity the first week of school as a getting-to-know-you activity.  It will also help my new group of kiddos get comfortable with scanning QR codes.  

I made reading response cubes and vocabulary activity cubes as well, which I will introduce to them shortly after.  Click the images to check them out on TpT.:)

Now, I must get back to my back-to-school prep!  Only 9 more days!  Eeek!

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Tune into Technology Linky: QR Codes

Welcome to our last week of Tune into Technology!  Although I’m sad to see this linky end, I’m also super excited because I’ve been waiting all summer to talk about my favorite teaching obsession—QR codes! 
If you follow my blog, then you know that I’m all about using QR codes with my students and sharing my ideas and freebies with other teachers.  If you’re brand-new to QR codes, here’s an intro video my tech coach and I showed at our recent QR code workshop.

My favorite site for generating QR codes is QR Stuff.  You simply select your data type from the column on the left based on whether you’re inserting plain text, a website url, a YouTube video, etc.  Then you download the QR code and insert it as an image into your document.  Easy-peasy!
In order to scan a QR code, you need a device that has a camera, such as an iPad, tablet, iPod Touch, smart phone, laptop/desktop.  You will need to download one of the many free QR code scanning apps to your device.  A couple of my favorites are i-nigma and Scan by QR City.

My students use both iPads and their laptops to scan QR codes.  Many people are unaware that you can scan QR codes on a laptop, but here’s a post I wrote about QR Journal.
I mainly use QR codes for self-checking purposes on my task cards during math workshop.  Even though my students are essentially doing “worksheet-like” math problems, they have no idea because they are so mesmerized by the magic of QR codes.  I love that my students can get immediate feedback at a center while I’m busy working with guided groups.  If you’d like to try QR code task cards with your students, I have a set of mixed operations you can download for free by clicking the image below.  
I’m sure my students would tell you that scavenger hunts are their favorite QR code activity, probably because they love moving around the room hunting for the answers.  I posted in-depth about how I use QR code scavenger hunts HERE.   If you want to try one for free, click on either image below.  (I have both an upper and a primary freebie.)

My Freebies tab has several QR code activities you can download and try for free.  I am constantly updating this tab so be sure to come back and check it throughout the school year as I have much more in store for you!

To thank all of you for participating in our summer linky and to hopefully encourage other teachers to try QR codes this year, I’m having a little giveaway.  You can enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win $10 worth of QR code products from my TpT store.  The giveaway will end Monday at midnight and I’ll be back on Tuesday to announce the winner and share a back-to-school QR code freebie!  Be sure to also check out Learning to the Core's QR post and giveaway.:)
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