Thursday, August 1, 2013

Technology linky party x3, another giveaway prize, and a Freebie!

It's August! I can hardly believe it. Where has my summer gone? This is the last week for the Tune into Technology linky party. Thanks Kristin, Amanda and Aylin for hosting such a fun linky party.

 I'm also linking up with Erin from I'm Lovin Lit for Thursday Throw Down.


 Finally I'm linking with Tracey at The Teacher's Chair for her School Week Linky.

This week's topic is QR codes.
QR Codes
How I love thee
Let me count the ways: 

1. They are easy to create. If you aren't sure how to make them you can read more about it in my post here.

2. They can be used in centers. Students are able to work quietly and check their own work. This is key when I am working with a small group of students. They are able to stay occupied without needing me.

3. They can be hung around the room and used as another tool to help get kiddos out of their seats and learning. My students will happily complete 24 QR code problems without complaint when I hang them around the room. If I gave them the same 24 problems on a worksheet for them to do at their seat, I'd never hear the end of it!

4. You can create QR codes to get kids to video websites. You can read about my experience with this here.

5. If you don't have time to make them, there are tons of great products on TPT. Some of my favorites TPT stores to pick up QR codes from are: Kristin Kennedy's TPT store and Flapjack Educational Resources.

If you haven't used QR codes in the past I'd encourage you to try them out. I have a few free products that you can download in my TPT store. I just updated my multiplication and division properties QR codes. You can grab them for free here.

One final reminder to enter my Giveaway. Another prize was just added to the prize list. Vincent Mastro author of Aesop's 1st Book of Childhood Adventures is donating one of his books to my giveaway.  Winner will be announced Friday!


  1. My students are the same way- even though task cards are basically worksheets, they never get old! I'm hoping the novelty of QR codes never wears off or I'm in big trouble, ha! Thanks for linking up your great ideas with us all summer and for the sweet shout out!:)

    iTeach 1:1

  2. Do you have to have a smart phone, ipads, or ipods for this? We don't have any at our school. Our 6-12 went 1:1 with laptops, but nothing but 2 computer carts for the elem. I have an ipod and an ipad, but don't like the students using my personal things that are worth so much money! (Had a bad experience once.) I've wondered about trying to get some ipads through donors choose...

  3. I'm so intrigued by QR codes, but we don't have iPads in our classroom...yet. I wish I could let the kids bring in their own technology!


  4. I wish I could use QR codes more - but we only have 10 tablets in our whole school. I think I may have to ask students to bring in their technology - they love activities where they get to walk around, adding QR codes would just make it 100 times better!

  5. I'm like Anne Marie - I also wish I had more devices at my disposal. I'd go *CRAZY* with QR codes!
    Thanks for linking up today!
    :) Erin

  6. I have an OLD know the ones that came out and I got in the same month..yeah, that old. LOL! Those ipads do not have cameras, so I just let the kids use my cell phone. I don't care how they do it, as long as they do it! Thanks for sharing, Bethany!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  7. You don't have to have devices! Get a web cam and you can use them with an online! I do not have iPads or devices specifically in my room, but I let my kids bring in their own devices. I usually have enough for pairs, but definitely groups of four.

    The TechKnowledgey Teacher