#Namaste: Yoga with Padlet

Looking for a new way to present your syllabus to your Students?

 

I printed out QR codes and placed them around the room. When students arrived I asked them to scan the code, type in the password to join, and answer “reflection question 1” on the Padlet.

Reflection question 1: What do you already know about yoga?

 

We then reviewed class expectations and moved on to the next question.

Reflection question 2: What made you choose this course?

 

Students then watched two YouTube videos showing two variations of advanced yoga flow.

I then asked them questions about what they saw: What makes for a good yoga practice? What is necessary to perform at this level? How is the practitioner breathing? Why is the breath important? What poses do you recognize?

We then looked at a snapshot of the poses for the month of September.

Lastly, I asked students to think about what they wanted to get out of the class and what they looked forward to most. Reflection question 4.

Overall they enjoyed the use of QR codes (some of them were new to it) and answering live questions on Padlet. They also were more open and honest about answering since the responses were anonymous.

Use Case:

(1) To provide an interactive syllabus using Padlet where students can explore, reflect, watch, and learn. (2) To build excitement and curiosity of what’s to come.

For more information contact: Manisha Doran
mdoran@riverdale.edu

#ISPY: Library Scavenger Hunt

Looking for a way to Introduce new students, faculty and staff to An important space and its available resources? You might want to try a Scavenger Hunt.
               Evolution of the Scavenger Hunt Map

Library Map process

Canva was initially used to create map, but proved to be time consuming due to learning curve.  Hence, a hand drawn map was created – process attached. Team names were added to the maps to prevent overcrowding at the respective locations

Other elements of the scavenger hunt

QR CodesQR Codes A-F” were added so that students could follow a “route” which prevented them all starting at the same spot. Each QR Code also had QR Code Blurbs, descriptions of the library locations teams visited. Tokens, photo representations of the Team names were placed at each location.  Teams had to collect the token to “prove” they had visited the location.

Glows

  • The map was detailed and easy to follow.
  • The kids understood the symbolism of the Team names (Falcon, falcon, quill, and owl)  

Grows

  • I should have been more explicit about the activity NOT being a race.
  • I should have allowed students to keep maps for future use.  However, I think I probably would have seen the maps scattered all over campus.
  • The map was too detailed for the scope of the project.

Project Notes:

I am happy things went smoothly and students genuinely had a great time.  The, “This was SO much fun!” statement made my day.

However, in the course of having a great time I know that not all the groups actually READ the information contained in the QR Codes. To avoid this in the future I will:

  • Make it abundantly clear that the activity is NOT a race, and  
  • Create/include a knowledge check to ensure that students walk away meeting all the “Desired Results” for what they will “know” and “be able to do.”

Additionally, I am happy that students felt comfortable expressing themselves during the question and answer period.  Afterwards, one student asked if she could make a suggestion. The student thought the activity would have been more meaningful if the QR codes were on the books and part of the hunt was to locate the books.  I agree!!! This idea had been considered, but was not implemented given time constraints. However, some classes (that did not participate during orientation) may do the hunt during Home Base. That is an opportunity to implement that idea along with the inclusion of a knowledge check, or at the very least a more robust question and answer period.

Overall, this was a fun project and I liked using the tech (QR Monkey) I learned in camp.  I am currently contemplating a phase two.

Phase 2 could look something like:

  1. Have teachers actually do the scavenger hunt.
    1. NOTE: One new teacher actually DID the hunt. Feedback was that the hunt was helpful as a new teacher and knowing where he could find things.
  2. Frame the QR Codes around the library and present the information is a more user/reader friendly format, eg. infographic format OR have a tablet that has the library catalog AND the QR Codes on it.
  3. Make sure to include having participant FIND an item in the respective sections.
  4. Advertise the QR Codes on the NEW Library website – maybe. 
For more information contact: Tracy Smith
tsmith@riverdale.edu

#ScanHere: Deeper learning through the use of QR codes

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Looking for a way to have purposeful use of your school’s 1 to 1 environment? Do you think your classroom tech is limiting your opportunity for kinesthetic learning?

I think QR codes might be the piece you’ve been missing. Most classrooms and school buildings are inundated with posters of historical figures or inspirational quotes, the QR code allows for deeper learning to commence beyond a mere glance at a poster. A QR code is simply a code that a phone or tablet can scan using the camera that leads to something else whether that be a video, document, website, or picture. Think of it as the hipster of hyperlinks. Use this site to make your next qr code.

See some examples below for inspiration.