Making Noise with QR Codes and Chrome

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After reading, Monkey with a Tool belt and the Noisy Problem by Chris Monroe, students were engaged in a learning activity that focused on sounds. In the book, Chico can not figure out what is making the “Arooga Boom Boom Clang Clang” sound in his tree house. He sets out to find the sound and ends up finding an elephant stuck in his laundry shoot. Students loved the problem solving and the introduction of a new character. Clark the elephant got lost and landed in Chico’s tree house instead of Elsa’s.

The STEAM learning extension included content in making, music, art, technology and engineering. Third and fourth grade students used their Chromebooks to complete their projects. These classes created a sound using materials in the Maker Studio and recorded them on the app Mic Note. The process of going to the web store and adding an app to the drive was all part of the instruction. Students then learned how to export the sound and make the copied link shareable. This link was then placed in the QR code generator that they had downloaded. Once the QR code was generated, students copied the image and placed their finished product on the google doc located in the STEAM google classroom.

Once QR codes were printed and cut out, they were placed on Chico’s tree house. Understanding the purpose of listening and how sounds are all around us encouraged students to place the QR code according to what room in Chico’s house he might hear their particular sound.

Problem solving, learning new technology, creating and producing a product to share with the school at large was an exciting learning experience.

My Top Picks for Flipping a Classroom, Presentations, and Multi-Media Quizzes

Zaption –  Turn online videos into interactive learning experiences that engage students and deepen understanding.

Canva – Great templates for blogs, Facebook, ppts, and fonts.  Easily create stunning presentations.  

Powerpoint (add-on)

EduCannon – Great video and quizzes to engage students in a 1:1 environment.

Google Forms – Create a Google account and use forms for quizzes, surveys, and reading journals.

Edpuzzle – Great video and quizzes to engage students in a 1:1 environment (videos, quizzes, voices etc.)

Moovly – Create animated videos and other multi-media content. – Create engaging quizzes that will allow students to show their screen from their seats.


Google Form Templates

Test and Quizzes

  • Self Correcting Spelling Quiz – This form allows a teacher to enter 20 words and once the quiz is completed, it self corrects and analyzes the data. 
  • Virtual Inbox – A form that collects the web address of students work and organizes it by school and grade.

Administrative Forms 
  • Administrative Observation Walkthrough – This is an teacher observation form that the administrators can use. The iPod Touch provides an easy way for data entry, then they can complete the observation in the spreadsheet once complete.
  • Technology Survey  – This is the survey we give to staff and students at the beginning of the school year.
  • Three Minute Administrative Walk-Through – This is an teacher observation form that the administrators use in my district. The iPod Touch provides an easy way for data entry, then they can complete the observation in the spreadsheet once complete. 
  • Homework Check – This is a detailed form that teachers input student scores and the spreadsheet coordinates the results based on which assignments the teacher was using. 
  • Discipline Form – This forms allow teacher entry of disciplinary actions. Note: We use avatar names when entering information.

  • Story Board – Used by student groups to write and produce a video project.  
  • Booklist Template – Used by teachers to keep track of the names and quantity of books read by students. 
  • Word Find Template – Not a form, but spreadsheet where the user can create a custom word find.
  • Auto-Email Form – This form takes the data entered into it and sends it to the email address asked for by the form
  • Observation Record – This Form and Display Spreadsheet show when teachers are observed so they are not always done the same day or class.

YouTube Curriculum

YouTube Curriculum aims at supporting teachers and educators in teaching students on how to stay safe online.  It is also designed to help teachers/students:
  • develop digital literacy skills on YouTube
  • Learn about YouTube policies
  • Teach students how to report content
  • Teach students how to protect their own privacy and how to be responsible YouTube community members

Google Forms

Google Forms is a great free service provided by Google.  It has a huge potential in education for both teachers and students.   Google Forms are very easy to use and create.  It is automatically built in Google Docs meaning it is completely web-based and does not require any software download.  (Unofficial Google Doc Guide on Amazon)

Teachers can use Google Forms and Docs  in EDMODO with students for collaboration and formative assessments.  Teachers can create Google Forms for parents as well for quick feed back, volunteer information, and sign-up lists.   For me, I love Google Forms for teacher evaluations/checklists and walk-throughs.  I love being able to send immediate feed-back to the teacher.

Check out this list of forms below and click on any title to access its corresponding form. The pictures you see below are only  half snapshots of each form:

1- Get to Know your Class

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Use this form to collect information about your students such as their likes, dislikes, club affiliations, and many more.
This is a form ideal for use by students when studying linear narrative both written or visual. It basically compare a range of happiness to sadness against different points in a story or film.
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As its name suggests , this form is great for use inside the classroom to test students spelling.

4- Comprehension Questions

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This is a form that test students understanding of a text or anything thing else you want to test. It can be used for multiple purposes.
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This is a form where students can provide data about their reading. It is like a reading diary that they can use to record informations about their readings.
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This one of the easiest forms you can use with your students in the classroom to gather Maths data handling information.

7- Guided Reading Record

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This is another awesome form to  record students reading assignments.
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This is a form that can be used to assess what children already know about any given topic that you are beginning.
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This form could be used to collect the children thoughts about what they read.

10- Learning Success

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You can use this form to assess the relative success of the learning that has taken place during a single lesson or after a series of lessons on a topic.