Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Q R Codes and Shapes and fractions!
I discovered QR codes from reading Swamp Frog First Graders Blog and they are the neatest things. If you are not sure what they are then here's the scoop. You know how you go to the grocery store and they scan the bar codes on the products so you know how much they cost? Well a QR Code , which by the way stands for" Quick Response", is a square box that has all kinds of geometric shapes in it that when scanned by a QR reader has all kinds of information imbedded in it. I first saw one in a magazine that had an advertisement for a movie. There is a free download at http://www.qurify.com that allows you to make the codes. Then you can use an ipod that has a camera and also has an app on it (you can find it free to download, ask your IT person because I don't know what it is....but I do know that Apple has one for free) and then click away. You can also use a Smart Phone that has the app downloaded on it. These really are soooooooo cool. I've made my kids names and then they went around the room looking for theirs. So, I've made this sheet that kills 2 birds with one stone. The kids click on the QR and it tells them to draw a shape and then to make it into a fraction. I hope someone out there will be able to use this. My mind is spinning with ideas of things to make and use in the classroom.