It's Thursday, so there is a lot goin' on in the bloggy world.
I'm linkin' up with Teaching Trio for Technology Thursday,
The Teacher's Desk 6 for Throwback Thursday,
The Teacher's Desk 6 for Throwback Thursday,
I'm throwin' this back to last August...right before school started.
Today I am linkin' up again for "Tune into Technology Linky: QR Codes"
with Kristin at iTeach 1:1 as well as
Alyin and Amanda at Learning to the Core.
I'm super duper sad this is the last one of the summer.
I have LOVED readin' how everyone else uses technology
in their real lives and in the classroom.
Let me start off by sayin' I came to school today
because the cleaner dude is at my house
(don't judge...I'm highly allergic to dust...plus, it's so worth the money!)
When I walked in, I saw the dreaded "spot".
The place that appears about twice a year on the carpet
between mine and my bestie's room.
"THE AIR CONDITION' LEAK"! UGH...I thought
I would be super smart and leave up my bookshelves with books on them.
You know, less work for the Fall return...I'm dumb.
Enough about that. Let's get to the good stuff: QR codes.
I've dabbled a little in makin' my own,
but sometimes I prefer buyin' other people's QR task card packets on TpT.
I figure it saves me time and I'm supportin' someone else.
The kids really do enjoy them or maybe it's just that they like
to get ahold of my cell phone to use the app.
I also love findin' QR codes when I'm out and about.
It's like a little scavenger hunt.
Two years ago, my district outfitted all of the classrooms with
new technology with the help of the community,
votin' for a half cent sales tax increase.
YAHOO! I love me some technology!
The district decided that they would like to video tape
some of the teachers & students usin' the new technology.
The first two videos have NOTHING to do with QR codes,
BUT the district made QR codes for these videos and put them on posters
all around the community for people to see.
Pretty neat to just walk up to a poster, scan it, and BOOM
you're watchin' a video of a classroom sayin' "Thank You".
The last video DOES have to do with QR codes and
shows how the students are usin' them in a third grade classroom.
Video one: Me and my sweet little rockstars that I taught for THREE years.
I sure do miss them.
They were sponges when it came to introducin' somethin' new with tech.
***I posted this when I didn't have a lot of followers.
Now I actually have people read my blog.
If you ever wondered what I look and sound like...now is your chance.
I give you permission to laugh because I think I sound so WEIRD!***
Video two: My bestie with her group of kids that she will be startin' her third year
with these babies. It's been fun watchin' them grow and learn as digital citizens.
Video three: My other podmate and bestie usin' technology and QR Codes.
It was Pajama Day that day...please excuse some of the outfits.
This is the product from the above video.
Last year, my Video three bestie also started out the year
with the students writin' their "All About Me", drawin' a self-portrait,
and addin' a QR code.
I think I will also start out my first week with this activity.
Overall, I WILL be makin' more of an effort for my students
to be makin' QR codes this year. I have a techie GENIUS in my class
that writes code for a hobby.
I can pretty much guarantee that he will help me teach everyone else
how to make QR codes or I can ask my pod besties.
If I was really smart, I would've made the videos into QR codes! Haha
Mrs. Laffin's Laughings for Positive Thinking Thursday.
This was sent to me courtesy of my bestie, ACH.
My positive thinkin' is...
everyone should have a buddy that they
send Pinterest pins to.
When I say send Pinterest pins...I mean you should flood
their inbox with "So and so has sent you a pin on Pinterest".
You should send so many that all they will see in their email
are these notifications.
My besties and I often do this late at night to one another.
When I wake up in the mornin', I'm instantly smilin'
because they've packed enough humorous pins in my inbox
to at least make me a happy mornin' person for five minutes.
If they are really funny it might be ten.
Just depends on which side of the bed I've woken up on.
Everyone needs a lil' laughter...don't ya think?
If you don't have a bestie to send funny pins to,
you can send them to me!
I'll leave you with another positive thought...
My mama is cookin' THREE pounds of bacon right now for
us to take on our trip this weekend!!!
I'm flippin' out...my belly is growlin' for this
and I'm pretty sure my eyeballs just popped out of my head!
Don't know how much I love BACON?
Happy Thursday, friends!