Saturday, March 31, 2012

Scan It, Solve It, Show It!

We LOVE QR codes.  We have been finding some great ways to use them in the classroom.  The idea began with codes that could be placed inside literature books to extend topics--kids just scan the code and get more info.  (We'll share more about this project soon).  Then, the idea EXPLODED--we began using QR codes to launch rich math problems that were presented in animated videos using the Xtranormal website.  We began using the idea in PD sessions, and asking teachers to go back and try it out--and we are hearning AMAZING, EXCITING things.

So, I decided to ask our blog followers to do the same.  I have attached a good sampling of our latest idea...SCAN IT, SOLVE IT, SHOW IT.  The grade level is shown in the footer of the template.
To download the file, click here.  

How to Scan:
Any smartphone, ipad 2 or 3, tablet, or iTouch can be used.  Download a QR Code reader.  Once you have that app, open it and scan the code.  That should take you to the video.  Students watch the video (an much as they need to), then solve the problem using the I-chart template provided.

Give us Feedback:
All we ask is that you give us some feedback--we are hearing great things and plan to make many, many more...and to give you info on how to do the same.  How do your students respond? How do you organize the technology?  What did you think?

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Pi Day 5K

Well, I just noticed that I have not blogged since February!  Since I am new at the blogging piece, and trying to keep up with our FB pages (yes, I said pages), Twitter feed, and TpT site, I must admit that this just slid off the plate!  :-)

What have we been up to?  Well, we celebrated Pi Day in a big way.  We coordinated our FIRST signature race event.  The Pi Day 5K- a 3.14 mile run/walk to support our PD programs.  The response was OVERWHELMING and so much fun.  We had over 314 participants and supporters join us on a beautiful Saturday morning.  And what still makes me smile is the Cutie Pi Crew (along with so many others).  They crossed the 5K finish line and they were so excited about doing it!

So, now we are doing what I love most of all about my job--planning our summer PD!  I love summer PD.  Teachers are always amazing, but their energy in the summer, and the excitement about learning new things for their classroom is inspiring!   So, I promise to try to be a better blogger--in the meantime, my first order of the blog-o-sphere is to recruit some followers!



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