A quick update to the previous post (a long time ago now).
After syncing the number of handheld devices, downloading QR apps and printing off a load of codes we hit a major stumbling block! No 3g signal!
To be fair you could get a signal in certain parts of the school site, which was why we didn’t pick up on the problem straight away. But in our new building it is almost impossible to get 3g.
@infernaldepart got on the case of getting them connected to the wifi around school. This should be done for the start of the new term. So hopefully I’ll have more to update here in the new year!
I am currently working with a colleague, @infernaldepart, to develop the use of handheld technologies in the classroom. Having acquired a small number of iphones, we want to use them to capture QR codes or other barcodes to extend their learning online. I have discussed with a number of other colleagues whether there is really a need for such devices; questioning why they can’t simply use textbooks, laptops etc; whether they it’s just me trying to be trendy or setting ‘busy tasks’. After reading a number of other blogs over the past half term, such as Tom Barrett’s QR Codes Improve Web Access I have been inspired and have come up with the following targets for using QR codes:
– Using handheld devices in the classroom will allow learners to access websites specifically set by the teacher info to avoid unreliable or irrelevant google searching and hopefully improve productive learning.
– QR codes aren’t simply for gathering information! They can allow the students to access feedback from teachers on assessed pieces of work.
– Give them to Sixth Form students to scan on their own smart phone to grab their home learning.
– QR codes could be put up around the school to get the learners out of their classroom or to share information with students across the school.
– Independence and enjoyment – As a teacher of RE, I sometimes find that students come into the classroom with a negative attitude towards the subject. Using new technologies may make them think again!
So far we have hit a few problems with 3G connection and wifi, but I will post as soon as we have them up and running (maybe this week!)