Sunday, May 6, 2012

QR Code Quest Scavenger Hunt- Part Deux!


I updated & improved my QR Code Quest Scavenger Hunt lesson I previously blogged about this year & used it again with my AWEsome ESOL kids & 6th graders. I wanted to share those changes with you because it seems as if you like QR codes! Of my top 5 most viewed blog posts 3 have to do with QR codes (and yes, you know I'm barmy for 'em!) In fact, the first posting about this lesson has had, as of today, 17+K hits! WOWIE!

Improved worksheet and graphic clues!
I found that I needed to make the scavenger hunt questions simpler & the clues more graphic. (click photo at left to see a larger size) In doing so, I also had the chance to (finally!) make an avatar for my long time (20 years!) long suffering angel of an assistant Mrs. Black! After I created it on Go!Animate Character Creator (Comic World) I then Photoshopped it adding the University of Maryland Terps logo onto her cute red t-shirt because she's a U of M alum & a super fan!
This lesson I'm sharing is easily modified and is an example of how you can use mobile media in your school, classroom, or library. I can easily see how you could adapt this to say a SCIENCE! class, math class, or just about any subject area! The QR codes are included in the last pages of the lesson so you can see how they work. Also, don't forget my favourite FREE & platform friendly QR Code reader is inigma.

To do this lesson, students use the two iPod touch (Gen4) from Amazon (LOVE Prime!) I bought for the Library, my iPhone, their teachers phone, their own smart phones (with permission!) and share in small groups. Really, you only need like 4-6 devices to make this lesson work.. As of yet, I don't have any tablets in my library - my district moves slowly when it comes to change. But I'm ready & I'm NOT waiting for much longer! 
HOW TO: To make the direct link from the image to QR code is this: go to your desired image: Control Click (or right click on a PC) on the Flickr Image you want to link to & choose VIEW IMAGE - now that the image has been isolated > GRAB the URL in the browser bar! USE THAT URL for the QR Code!
Take it to Bit.ly or Google URL shortener & create your QR Code! Voila!
Download the new QR Code Quest Scavenger hunt lesson & worksheets by clicking the lesson header below to get to the Lesson Wikipage below!

Qr code quest_table
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QR Voice adds a super neat new addition to the QR TEXT message. Just make sure the kids have the sound up on their mobile devices OR BETTER YET... next to the QR code station have a pair of computer speakers (or headphones if you fear the ruckus) that kids can plug into so the QR voice message can be clearly heard. I also created a new graphic to go with Question 9 and got to include our fuzzy friends the Angry Birds! Learning where the important physical parts of our library was the main objective for this lesson, as well as introducing library vocabulary words. I wanted to be able to teach new kids, 6th graders, and my ESOL kids to locate our circulation desk, return book drop, reference & encyclopedias, and our magazines. We don't really have a LOT of magazines anymore sadly. Especially since our favourite and most popular magazine Shonin Jump has ceased printing a hard copy. Our most popular magazines are Twist, Teen Vogue, & of course Sports Illustrated. Because Twist is so popular & girls fight over it we keep it behind the desk & have this laminated sheet in it's place. Forgive me the snarky commentary about Kristen Stewart, I can't stand that sulky Kristen Stewart chick.
At the end of the class when we had some time left over I handed over my iPad & we played Angry Birds & Plants vs. Zombies together!

A few last QR tips
Unless you're making a QR Text message using Kaywa using a URL shortener like my favourite Bit.ly makes for a prettier & easier to scan code.

UPDATE! (8-12) Bitly has changed their website, the QR code is buried here - Click the tiny QR Code by the arrow! New look - Same SEXY aggregated data! Click image below to see larger version.


And when you click Info Page+ on Bitly for the same shortened URL or QR code you'll get about 2 years of aggregated data! When it was scanned or clicked, from where, and which country! Is it me or is that HAWT!? (yes, I wrote hawt, kill me now)
For the pictures of my AWESOME kids doing this activity. We had a visitor to our class that day, an ESOL instructional specialist from my district board - so that's the guy in the background with the camera. Photos are by him and my awesome partner in teaching Mrs. Linda Potsiadlo our AMAZING ESOL teacher. I mean, this chick rocks & I love working with her!

Still have questions? Read the original post QR Code Quest Scavenger Hunt & Wikipage!

For those of you new to my blog here's my two comic tutorials on QR Codes. Click the image to get a variety of sizes for download.

Want to know how I make these lovely Comic Infographics? Well, of course I've blogged about it! Creating a Comic Life! Naturally, it's Creative Commons!
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For Chuckles!

For all that my kids LOVE QR Codes, mobile media, & tech -- they GO CRAZY for Scratch N Sniff bookmarks from Highsmith!

Resources:






And a final PSA from my dear friend & super fan, Miss Critter Sharpe!

Follow her on Twitter: @CritterShapre

5 comments:

  1. Wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing. I am going to share this post with my ELL teacher.

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  2. Thanks so much, Anna! Teaming with our ELL teachers is awesome!

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  3. Thanks for posting this! We're working on something similar.
    How do you create the url linking to the image only and not the Flickr page? I can't quite figure that out. The links I turn into shortened url's and qr codes link to the page (photostream) and then kids can see the other clue images...

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    1. Hi!
      OK, this is what I get for thinking this was obvious but go to your desired image: Control Click (or right click on a PC) on the Flickr Image you want to link to & choose VIEW IMAGE - now that the image has been isolated > GRAB the URL in the browser bar! USE THAT URL for the QR Code!
      Take it to Bit.ly or Google URL shortener & create your QR Code! Voila!

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  4. Thank you for your newsy and informative post! I'm a bit of a QR Scavenger Hunt fanatic myself. Feel free to peruse my QR Scavenger hunt materials. There are 3 scavenger hunts: context clues, making predictions and (my favorite) figurative language. http://www.yoursmarticles.blogspot.com/p/qr-code-ideas-and-resources.html

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