29 September 2011

0 So What Are QR Codes?

So What Are QR Codes?
Click on link to view QR Codes explained by Common Craft .

QR Codes or (Quick Response Codes) are appearing everywhere - from magazines, various retail environments for digital marketing purposes, clothes, business card, mailers, I even saw one on my billing statements!

To scan/view these QR Codes, you simply download a free app to your smartphone. NeoReader or Grafter are my favorite ones but of course there are a slew of others which will do the trick. Once downloaded, you point your phone's camera to the QR Code and scan. The QR Code is very versatile as it will allow you to create QR Codes for the following:
  • Plain Text
  • URL / Web Address
  • Contact information (name, address, phone number, e-mail addresses, etc)
  • Calendar Events
  • SMS / Text Details ( includes your number and a short text)
  • WiFi Network

So now that you have a QR Code reader, what do you use to create these codes? There are many QR Code Generators and most of them, overall, are pretty good. Please visit my delicious bookmarks to learn more about these QR Codes Generators .

You probably are thinking...How can this be used in the classroom?
There are numerous ways to integrate QR Codes in the classroom to engage your students. Please visit my delicious bookmarks on QR Codes in the Classroom to read about how teachers are utilizing this wonderful app tool!

12 September 2011

0 Fall 2011 - Online Book Study

GoAnimate.com: Book Study_Oct_2011 by Dovewhisper

09 September 2011

1 Primary Wall - Another Alternative to Wallwisher and Linoit

So, I received a comment on my blog to check out Primary Wall... My initial reaction....I like it!
Primary Wall is a web-based sticky note tool designed for schools which allows students and teachers to work together in real-time. Like Linoit and Wallwisher, Primary Wall allows for gathering ideas, collaborating, sharing and quickly posting pieces of information when working in a group or collaborative environment. It was developed by a teacher and no sign up or registration is needed.
The Basic/free features include:
  • Unlimited Wall creation
  • Note search - Search for notes
  • Sort notes - Sort the notes so they fit into a grid pattern
  • Community support - Get help from the community to improve your experience
Professional features include:
  • Save walls for longer than 30 days
  • Password protect walls
  • Manage walls – Delete etc.
  • Change font
  • Change background
  • Profanity detection and filtering
  • Phone support
  • Pass name of author from third party applications
  • Easy wall embed
  • Moderate notes
  • Add photos
  • Add clickable links
I like the easy features it has to offer:
  • It allows one to change the background
  • Choose an array of fonts
  • A security feature which can password protected the wall
  • It can be embedded or accessed with a link and a really neat feature is the ability to send  note contents to Wordle. Now, how cool is that?
  •  It also has a Teachers section with Lesson ideas and plans
Thumbs up for this one....If you get a chance - check it out! Or add a note to my Primary Wall below!

0 It is Time for Our Fall 2011 Technology Staff Development

GoAnimate.com: Discover the Treasures of Fall Technology PD by Dovewhisper

Like it? Create your own at GoAnimate.com. It's free and fun!