Friday, April 15, 2011
Math Centers with QR codes
Then I was introduced to QR codes and I was in a true state of wonderment, I can be a teacher and scan things perfect! I just had to figure out how I was going to do this to enhance student learning. I know people are doing things with flipping their classrooms. Students watch lessons at home for homework, and then come to school and do what was once considered the homework. I could send my students home with a sheet of QR codes and have them watch the tutorials on their smartphones or ipod touches. The is would be perfect if all my students had these devices. I would say only 1/3 of my class has the devices they would need for this idea. That is when I thought that they could be working in a style similar to what many teachers use for guided reading, learning centers.
I wanted to start with math because in my head this is what I thought would be the best area I could make short tutorials. We are working on adding and subtracting integers and plotting ordained pairs on a coordinate plane. I made three videos one for each concept and posted them to a youtube channel I set up. I then got to work connecting them to a QR code. Which is where I hit the roadblock I talked about in my last post. I contacted my tech director Jay, and he contacted a youtube aficionado, and we figured out the problem, which I'll share in another post.
I now had QR codes for each concept printed, and in a page protector. I divided up my class into groups of three, because I know they get goofy with bigger groups. I gave each group a QR code, ipod touch, headphones, and worksheets practicing the problems. I walked around in case they still needed help and watched the magic take place.
I know there is something behind flipping your classroom, and for those who might be skeptical it was proven today in my classroom. One student who struggles in math and can be a more difficult child amazed me today. I for one am not a strong math teacher, I have never taught math before, so this year I have been learning most of the 6th math over again. I have a father who is amazing at math and taught it in 6th grade for the last 15 years before he retired. I use him for ideas often. To start with subtracting integers is confusing, and about half my students were still lost after the first day of the lesson. So I called in reinforcements and my dad came the next day to explain it in a different way. My struggling student decided that he knew how to do this, wasted instruction time, tuned out, and made an alphabet book. He of course could not do the homework and get frustrated, even when I tried teaching him again one on one. In a five minute youtube tutorial taught by me he understood it and did the whole worksheet. WHAT!!!!
Here is one of the videos I used.
Posted by Figuring out educational technology at 3:20 PM