Earlier this year, Health & Physical Education Teacher Colleen Maxwell assessed her students’ prior knowledge in a fun & creative way using QR Codes. Below she discusses the experience:
Utilizing QR Codes in my classroom has been awesome and a really creative way to make reviewing fun while also getting kids up and moving kinesthetically instead of the traditional review game in the classroom desk. The students are competing to get back to class in the fastest time with the most correct answers against their classmates. They really have a lot of fun!
Here is a brief description of how I used the QR code to embed my review questions for a Fitness Unit Assessment Review Scavenger Hunt:
- You will need to come up with your review questions. I chose 10 which covered snippits of what I wanted to see if they knew for my unit assessment. This also allowed for the perfect amount of time for the scavenger hunt throughout the school with the locations that I chose and them to return for questions to be answered before dismissal.
- You will need to go to the website http://www.qr-code-generator.com/ and input your questions and additionally the locations of the scavenger hunt after the prompts. For example: I had a question and then would say “go to the cafeteria for the next question.” This additionally helped my 9th grade students become comfortable at the beginning of the year with different areas of the building. Make yourself a list of the questions and locations that you chose with your corresponding answers. I also made myself a Powerpoint/ Google slideshow to use to go over answers with students when they return.
- Once your codes are generated, you will print them and I suggest numbering them, putting construction paper behind and laminating so they can be taped on wall and reused each year without damage. It’s a lot of work so get the most out of it.
- Type a handout with instructions and 10 numbered lines for students to respond on. You will be waiting back at the door to check answers for the first to return, almost like an amazing race 🙂
- At the beginning of the lesson, one student in each group will need to download the free app QR reader, unless utilizing on a school device. I suggest having teams already grouped to have faster set up. 6. Once set up is given, teacher will provide first location and students are off to begin reviewing and QR reading.
Pros: All students involved, moving kinesthetically, unique review day, utilizing technology, kids love using their phones, get to know the school locations, working cooperatively, and goes with our unit theme of fitness! Cons: Students are starting to have major phone storage and date issues so may be a possibility of limitations on who can download
Cons: Students are starting to have major phone storage and date issues so may be a possibility of limitations on who can download app.