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Learning and Teaching with QR Codes

posted Apr 23, 2015, 2:01 PM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated May 5, 2015, 12:33 PM ]

Nuts and Bolts of QR Codes

QR Codes or Quick Response Codes can be generated for text and links. Links can be to sites, images, audio and videos, anything online that you'd like to share easily. You or students, will need to make the codes first and print them out or post them online.

QR Code Makers

First you must make a QR code and download the image for others to use to get to your web content. 

Make a QR Code

1. Go to the site to make a code. You will find it is easier to make on a computer than a tablet. Select the type of code you will make. 
Type or paste into the box. Select download. 


2. Go to the site to make a code. 
  • Choose URL or text and check the static box
  • Type or paste into the box and your static code is created. Right-click to save the image. 

3. Use the Google URL shortener:
  • Paste in the URL you want to shorten and it will also generate a QR code. 
  • Be sure to click on "Details" to see the QR code and download the image.
  • Share by email, projector screen, ppt slides, or print it on paper

(Scan this to get to a QR code maker.)

QR Code Readers

Your device will use its camera to scan the QR code, but it will also need a QR Code Reader. There are many QR Code Readers, but I-nigma, QR Code Reader works for all platforms including iOS, Windows and Android phones.

Open House 

For Open House, you could have parents download a QR Code Reader in advance:

Email to Parents before the Big Night

Dear Parents, please download a QR code reader to your smartphone before Open House so that you can see some of the awesome digital work your kiddo has done. I've included a link to a FREE one that works on all platforms:
I-nigma is a QR code reader, for all platforms including iOS, Windows and Android phones.

  1. View my 5 minute screencast to learn HOW to make your own QR codes. 
  2. QR Code App Challenge - a handout to walk you through the nuts and bolts of making your own QR codes

Tweet Your Horn! Twitter Basics

posted Feb 12, 2015, 2:28 PM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Apr 20, 2015, 1:04 PM ]

Have people follow you on Twitter via text messages (must have tweets set to public.):

To: 40404
Message: follow @username
how to follow twitter via texting

Hashtags and More -
For the most complete resource on Twitter hashtags, twitter edu chats, and suggestions on who to follow when you are getting started, see Cybraryman!


posted Feb 4, 2015, 7:25 PM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Jun 2, 2015, 2:35 PM ]

Pic Collage
download "for kids" version (no social features)

Pic Collage creates collages with your images. You can also add text and create an informative poster or report. Save work to the photo library or send by email. FREE

Have students synthesize their learning on a particular subject. Find images with a copyright-friendly image search and add text to show learning. Use just one image with much text for a report. Use it for sequencing images from a story or directions for younger students. Share collages of field trips or class activities and enhance with audio in audioboo or another audio app. 

Student Examples:

ShowMe is a screencasting app. I love using screencasting to help make students' thinking "visible." For an example of "making thinking visible," watch my son's "aha" moment when explaining equivalent fractions

ShowMe is a very simple, kid-friendly screencasting app. With the updated version, it now allows for multiple screens, and it has a text tool. I love its simplicity for very young students. The other attribute that distinguishes ShowMe from Educreations is that it can be replayed on any device from the web. With Educreations, you must have the app loaded on your iPad to replay. Since we will be using QR codes and parents' smartphones at Open House this year, I recommend ShowMe so that parents can scan the QR code and view their child's Screencast video on their phone. Like Educreations, you upload your video to the ShowMe website and can search for other lessons. Note: You will need an account to upload to ShowMe and student accounts can be created without email addresses.

If you'd like to know more about different free screencasting apps check out my screencast comparing these tools. 

Skitch is a simple tool from the creators of Evernote. Draw from scratch, insert a photo to label, or capture a map or web page to annotate! Save images to the camera roll and share through email. FREE

Make pages for a report, book or story with diagrams, infographics and annotated maps and images. Take a picture of a science lab and label the parts or outcomes. Use the annotated images you make in other apps, like screencasting (ShowMe). 

Kinders share "big words" inspired by MLK Jr. (great blog from kinder teacher, Matt Gomez)

Benicia Kinder Teachers

posted Aug 27, 2014, 4:34 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 1:52 PM ]

iPad Ninjas and Narrative Writing

  • Learn how to be a Ninja iPad teacher with these tips and tricks. 
  • Support narrative writing with two kinder-friendly writing and publishing apps, Storykit and ShowMe. 


Overview - Made with Haiku Deck 


Handouts - 

iPad Tips and Tricks

  • Lock into a single app for a center - To limit the iPad to running a single app, go to accessibility settings, turn on guided access, set a pass code, launch the app, triple click home button, you can also disable touch or motion, as well as home and volume. Tap start button. To turn off, triple click the home button and enter pass code. 
  • Accessibility settings - Text to speech
  • Add a home screen icon to your website. 
  • Introducing apps to students - Each day or week that the apps will be in centers - only place the apps for that week on the nav bar at bottom.  
  • Organize apps into folders
  • Toggle between open apps - From home screen, double press home button to show open apps or swipe up with 4 fingers.

  • Copy and paste - in almost all apps by double tapping. (Try it. Select the text from this site and copy it to your notes.)
  • Ending a sentence - Double tapping the space bar at the end of a sentence creates a period and one space.
  • Swipe to Search - Another way to quickly find apps on an iPhone or iPad is to swipe down on the home screen. This reveals a search box in which you can type the name of any app to jump right to it. 
  • Take a screenshot of anything open on your iPad. Save it in photos by holding down home button and then power button.


Working with Images

  • Photos - the volume up (+) button doubles as a shutter button
  • Flickr Search and Stamp or Pics4Learning - Search for copyright-friendly images.
  • Save any image - Hold down finger on an image to save it.

Classroom Management 

Narrative Writing and Publishing

CCSS W.K.3 and W.K.6

Use a FREE APP to Create a Book -

  • Activity:  Create a sample class book 


Exit Ticket

More Kindergarten Resources

Check out and subscribe to the blogs of two kinder teachers who teach with iPads. Matt Gomez has only 3 or 4 iPads to use in his classroom and does amazing things. Kristi Meeuwse has a class set of iPads (We can dream...). 

EBCUE Cool Tools 2014

posted Aug 26, 2014, 9:40 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe


Please click on our padlet. Leave a note introducing yourself, and then review our Haiku Deck below. 

Overview and Goals

CCSS. RI.7, W.6, W.7, SL.5

Notes, Reflection and Backchannel

Get Inspired

Process and Apps Used
  • Inquire and Plan
  • Curate and Collaborate
  • Take Notes

  • Draft 
Tips and tricks for writing in your classroom.
  • Use notes and naming conventions
  • Split and undock keyboard
  • Double tap space at the end of a sentence
  • Use speech to text (Siri on iPad3 or later or Dragon Dictation app)
  • Copy and paste in almost any app
  • To edit, use speak text to listen - turn on under settings, general, accessibility, speak selection

  • Annotate 

  • Storehouse - 
  • upload images, video and text to tell your story

  • Collaborate
    • Padlet - upload your work here 
    • Learn from each other!

Contact me:     @digichica

Common Core Standards 
  • W.7 Conduct short research projects
  • RIT.7 Integrate content presented in diverse medias
  • W.6 Collaboratively produce and publish writing
  • SL.5 Make strategic use of media to express info
  • FREE Common Core app
  • The Digital Common Core tool from CCCOE


Click EXPORT and Download e-book

Contra Costa Cty. Office of Education

posted Aug 26, 2014, 9:38 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe

iPads, Research, Writing and the Common Core

Please click on our padlet. Leave a note introducing yourself.

Overview and Goals

Get Inspired

Process and Apps Used
  • Tips and tricks for writing in your classroom.
    • Using notes and naming conventions
    • Copy and paste in almost any app
    • Speak text - turn on under settings, general, accessibility, speak selection
    • Double tap space for period space at end of a sentence
    • Split and undock keyboard

        • Collaborate
          • Padlet - upload your work here 
          • Learn from each other!

        Contact me:

        Common Core Standards 

        Animal Research Sites Grades 3-8

        Urban Tech Camp 2013

        posted Aug 26, 2014, 9:35 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 9:36 AM ]

        iPads, Projects and the Common Core

        1. Please click on our padlet and leave a note introducing yourself. Double click or tap-tap on the page to leave a note. 

        Screenshot of ipad and apps

        Common Core 

        • W.2 Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.

        • W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.


        3. Use one of the apps to the right to create an introduction to you. Download the planning page
        or jot some plans on scratch paper.



        2. Click on the links below to look through some of the apps we will work with today. Be sure to view the student samples. If you can, download the apps to your ipad. 

        Matt Gomez's Kinders share MLK big words vocabulary.
          • Sample Skitch activity from the amazingMatt Gomez, kinder teacher. 

        kitah Alef's first grade class pic collage

        • Sample from 1st grade teacher, Kitah Alef, with support from Ms. Tolisano.

        Middle school students at Horry County Schools create Civil Rights timelines with Popplet Lite.

        • Civil Rights timeline from Horry County Schools E2T2 iPad project

        • Padlet (collaborative sticky note site, no account needed) - tutorial
        Mr. Sha has his English students use the Word of the Day  in a sentence.

        • Sample from Mr. Sha's 6th grade vocabulary wall

        4. Exit Ticket Room: ad

        Ipads, Writing and Common Core at CCCOE

        posted Aug 26, 2014, 9:18 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe

        Boy writing on ipad

        • To contact me: or
        Overview and Goals
        Apps Used
        • Tips and tricks for writing in your classroom.
          • Using notes and naming conventions
          • Copy and paste in almost any app
          • Speak text - turn on under settings, general, accessibility, speak selection
          • Double tap space for period space at end of a sentence
          • Split and undock keyboard
          • Working with images app.tivity
        Popplet on owls
        • Write - Create three pages in Storykit sharing your writing. Publish your book and email me the link:
        • Plan and make a sample and then share with the whole group.
          Exit Ticket
          Final inspiration

          Cool Tools 2013

          posted Aug 26, 2014, 9:13 AM by Adrienne DeWolfe   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 9:15 AM ]

          iPads, Creativity and the Common Core


          Welcome - Go to Padlet (formerly known as Wallwisher).
          • Write your name, grade and subject on the pad. Share one of your favorite apps to support projects in your class. 
          • Also, go to AnswerGarden and submit your app in all lowercase letters. 

          • Share student samples from various tools and talk about how to introduce a new app.
          • Pick an app to download and learn. 
          • Make a sample and then share with the whole group using the iPad as an interactive document camera. 

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