I’ve noticed some people posting a number of fun and innovative ICT resources to their blogs of the past couple of days. Angela posted an awesome review of Movie Maker check it out here: https://angelajhayes.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/movie-maker-is-a-great-resource/ and Rochelle has been working out Diigo (https://rochelleop.wordpress.com/2015/03/13/im-loving-diigo/). I have to say though, my favourite was Sky’s post about Doit.com, an online task manager. Read it here: https://skyhuf2015.wordpress.com/2015/03/12/icts-i-use-doit-im/.
Anyway, I thought that I would jump on the bandwagon and talk about one on my favourite ICT resources that I have used a few times on practical experience. I have used it mainly in my Ancient History classes with years 8-10, but you could adapt it to just about any subject! The resource is called:
QR Treasure Hunt
There’s probably a number of websites that you could use to make it, but heres the link to the one i use: http://www.classtools.net/QR/
For those of you who don’t know this funny looking square thing is a QR
QR is short for Quick Response (they can be read quickly by a cell phone). They are used to take a piece of information from a transitory media and put it in to your cell phone. You may soon see QR Codes in a magazine advert, on a billboard, a web page or even on someone’s t-shirt. Once it is in your cell phone, it may give you details about that business (allowing users to search for nearby locations), or details about the person wearing the t-shirt, show you a URL which you can click to see a trailer for a movie, or it may give you a coupon which you can use in a local outlet.
The reason why they are more useful than a standard barcode is that they can store (and digitally present) much more data, including url links, geo coordinates, and text. The other key feature of QR Codes is that instead of requiring a chunky hand-held scanner to scan them, many modern cell phones can scan them.
This YouTube video explains it really well
It’s a super fun resource that can be used for tonnes of things! The teacher in the following YouTube video used it as a orientation technique to help students remember the layout of the school.
So why not give it a try??