Tuesday, December 3, 2013

QR Codes. In the classroom?

At the end of the year, teachers have tons of dates and assignments we need to comply with, that is the case here and in almost every educational setting I can think of. 

Last weekend I wanted to send a reminder of the dates we needed to take into account in the following weeks but I wanted something that could make it memorable, I didn´t want to send an ordinary reminder. Something different... a card?, a short video? a presentation? 
Bearing in mind one of my main objectives is to show teachers different tools and how they can be used for educational purposes I wanted something new... that´s when I remembered QR codes. Just what I was looking for, and I could show how they could be used! 

What are QR codes? 
Mashable explains: QR Code (abbreviated from Quick Response Code) is the trademark for a type of matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) first designed for the automotive industry. More recently, the system has become popular outside the industry due to its fast readability and large storage. It was invented in Japan by the Toyota in 1994 to track vehicles during the manufacturing process. It has since become one of the most popular types of two-dimensional barcodes.
Here is a short video which explains very graphically what QR Codes are. 

What do we have to do to make our own QR Code?
First I needed a QR Code Generator. If you Google it, you´ll find there are many. Once you´ve chosen one you can insert text or a link, depending on the use you want to give it. In my case I had a text I wanted to share. 
Once I inserted the text, my QR Code was generated. Then I uploaded it to our teachers' group in Facebook. 

Now, how do others read it? 
What do I have to do if I want to read one?

Normally we would use a mobile device (Smartphone, tablet) which has a QR Reader´s app
You can find many, you need to choose one taking into account your device´s system (IOS, Android, Windows Phone, Blackberry) and download it. 

Once you have, you must open your QR Reader and scan the QR Code. 

Have a look at your Apps Market and download one of the options it gives you, most of them are free. 

BlackBerry World


Interested? This is just the beginning. 
Have a look at this site Free Technology for Teachersyou´ll find lots of ideas to take back to your class. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Time to pay

Crime doesn´t pay: if you do something illegal, you will probably be caught and punished 

Police arrests are being given maximum publicity as a reminder that crime doesn't pay.

Hell to pay: serious problems 
There will be hell to pay when you get back home.

Pay someone a backhanded compliment: Fig. to give someone a false compliment that is really an insult or criticism. 
I hate it when someone pays me a backhanded compliment—unless it's a joke.

Pay an arm and a leg (for something): Fig. to pay too much [money] for something. 
I hate to have to pay an arm and a leg for a tank of gas. If you shop around, you won't have to pay an arm and a leg. Why should you pay through the nose?

Pay someone back:  Fig. to get even with someone [for doing something]. 
I will pay her back for what she said about me. Fred eventually will pay Mike back. He bears grudges for a long time. He intends to pay back everyone who has wronged him!

Pay homage to someone or something: to openly honor or worship someone or something. 
Do you expect me to pay homage to your hero?

Pay lip service (to something): Fig. to express loyalty, respect, or support for something insincerely. 
You don't really care about politics. You're just paying lip service to the candidate.

Pay the price: to accept the unpleasant results of what you have done 
She dropped all her friends when she met Steve and now that he's gone, she's paying the price. She has no one to turn to.

Price one has to pay:  the sacrifice that one has to make; the unpleasantness that one has to suffer. 
Being away from home a lot is the price one has to pay for success.

Pay it forward:  used to describe the concept of asking that a good turn be repaid by having it done to others instead.
In 2000, Catherine Ryan Hyde's novel Pay It Forward was published and adapted into a Warner Brothers film. In Ryan Hyde's book and movie it is described as an obligation to do three good deeds for others in repayment of a good deed that one receives. Such good deeds should be things that the other person cannot accomplish on their own.

Have you seen the movie?

Do you remember what it was about?

Who do you think is the main character?

Let´s watch this segment (one of my favourites!) Pay special attention to the teacher and the assignment he presents to his students. 

What type of project does he present? What characteristics does it have?

How do his students react?

Last class we discussed a video called "Educating the Heart", do you think this teacher is taking it into account? How does he do it?