This week, I’ve been working on finalizing my presentation for ILA 2015. This will be my first presentation at this conference and I’m very excited. Attending an ILA conference has been a dream of mine for a long time and I’m thrilled finally to have this opportunity.
Over the course of the week, when I reviewed my PowerPoint slides and timed the presentation, I drafted my Mom as a “practice” audience. I ran through the entire presentation and Mom practiced the interactive activities built into the session. She not only gave me constructive feedback, but she also provided valuable encouragement.
Over the years, Mom has always supported me in all of my endeavors. She’s read papers, listened to other presentations, attended countless functions, and has been my biggest cheerleader. She has always taken the time to support me and for that I am so thankful. So, as I head to St. Louis to realize a dream, I know that my Mom has played a huge role in achieving this dream. Thanks, Mom for everything that you do!
I have been immersed in web tools all day. I’ve been going through Thursday’s presentation and refining PowerPoint slides and making sure that I have examples to share with participants. I’ve added, deleted, and added information again and again. I don’t want to waste anyone’s time and I want to provide ideas that these folks can take back to their classrooms and immediately use. I also want the session to be interactive so that people can experience what it’s like to use the tools that I plan to highlight.
QR Codes are one tool that I will be sharing with teachers. We see QR codes everywhere, from our cup at McDonald’s to grocery and department stores. While QR codes are typically used for advertising purposes, they can be used in the classroom, too. I plan to first show participants how to create a QR code, which is fairly easy, thanks to websites like https://www.the-qrcode-generator.com. Then, we’ll explore how QR codes can be integrated into daily literacy instruction. For example, students can share book recommendations via QR codes. After they read a book, they can create a QR code that provides a brief summary of the book and whether or not they would recommend that book to their peers (with an explanation). The QR codes can then be posted around the classroom so that other students can scan them when they’re looking for something to read. The books that have QR code recommendations can be kept in an easily accessible place in the classroom.
In addition, students can create a QR code that contains their autobiography without explicitly identifying themselves. Other students could scan the code, read it, and try to figure out who the autobiography represents. Students would really have to focus on the details provided by their peers in order to figure out who wrote each autobiography.
These are just a couple of the suggestions that I have for using QR codes. I could go on and on, though!