Mr. Kamrowski

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Coffee & iPads 11-28-17

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Coffee and iPads

November 28th, 2017


Good Tuesday morning and welcome to another edition of Coffee & iPads! Today’s topic is the first in a series about tools you don’t know you have on the iPad. Today, we look at quick response scanners or QR codes.

QR Codes

Remember those barcode looking things that used to be everywhere a few years back and now they are nowhere because nobody used them? Well, they are going to start coming back. Part of the reason they were never popular was because you had to have a separate app that would scan them and that meant that you had to open the app to make it work. It wasn’t worth the extra tap. Apple and Android devices, however, are making them a lot easier to scan by incorporating the scanners in their camera app.

While not very popular, QR codes can be very useful. You can use them to:
– Share text
– Share a link
– Share a contact card
– Send an SMS
– Share a photo
– Share a PDF
– Share an audio/video file
– Send an email

Do This in This Order

  • Go to Settings—>Camera—>Scan QR Codes and toggle the switch until you see green.
  • Find a QR Code, try the one in this email, and point your iPad camera at it.

  • Create QR Codes and use them. To create them use any QR Code Generator (Try a Google search). I like this QR Code Generator.

Teacher Thought Bubble

  • Use QR codes to have students check books in and out of a classroom library.
  • Use QR codes to have students check in and out to use the bathroom or get materials.
  • Use QR codes to differentiate instruction.
  • Create a scavenger hunt around the classroom, or school, using QR codes.
  • Have students make videos explaining how they made a project or what they learned. Display their projects and, using QR codes pasted to their projects, link their videos for parents and guests to view.
  • Place QR codes to instructive posters around your classroom for students to gain more information.
  • Use QR codes to create learning labs/stations
  • More ideas can be found here.

If you have your own thoughts on this topic and these suggestions, feel free to send them to me.

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Author: Rob Kamrowski

My name is Rob Kamrowski and I have been a high school social study teacher of some years. Recently, I have accepted a position as an 8th grade American History teacher. I have taught a range of subjects from American History to Personal Finance to AP European History. I earned my Bachelor Degree in 2003, my Masters Degree in 2008, and strive to earn the respect of my students, colleagues and family every day of every year

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