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A really easy and fun tech integration is using QR codes in the classroom. QR stands for quick response. A user can put some information (a web link, text, picture, etc.) into a site that will generate a code. The code can be scanned by students and show an answer, link to a website, etc. Teachers can easily create their own QR codes (I like to use the web site goqr.me) or there are many wonderful items at TPT that have already been created using QR codes. I have several QR items that link to stories. The Back-to-school stories are perfect for this time of year. These are stories that someone is reading (a librarian, author, parent, etc.) on YouTube. I have put the links into safeshare to avoid all the extra junk (comments, ads, etc.) on YouTube. That is another little hint for you - always put your link into safeshare and generate a new link before you watch something in class.
To use QR codes, you need an internet connected device (smart phone, iPad, tablet) and you need a scanning app. There are many free options available. I use Scan on my iPhone and the class iPads. The students know how to find the icon. They just click on it and then move the device so that the square target area on the device (see the top right photo) is over the QR code. That picture is blurry because as soon as I get near the QR code it picks it up and starts to scan! It will then take you to whatever information was inputted. This set of QR codes is for links to books about building character and social skills. It is called the Best Me. Once the code is scanned, the video is displayed on safeshare. I have other QR code stories in my TPT store.
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