Wednesday, December 21, 2011

QR Code Voice

QR codes are so much fun for my students.  We have created QR codes several times already this year.  My students enjoy generating the codes, scanning the codes and exploring sites with the QR codes. 

If you aren't familiar with QR codes, click here to read about them.

Today I'd like to tell you about a site called QR Voice.  This site is really neat.  It uses text-to-speech to make a QR code.  First you type in text (up to 100 characters maximum).  Then you slide a circle on a bar to choose the size for your QR code and then you generate your code.

The result is an automated voice recording of your text.  The voice is a little mechanical, but easy to understand.  We will use Quick Mark and our web cams to scan and read our QR codes since most of my students don't have cell phones.  

The iPad 2 or an iPod Touch with a camera can also scan QR codes. You just need to install a scanning app such as Scanlife (it is free).  I encourage my students to bring in their iPad, iPod, or smart phone if they have one.  The last time we used QR codes I had 3 students bring in a device.  

Here is a QR code I generated using QR voice.  If you have a smart phone with an app that can scan QR codes, go ahead and listen to my message.  I use the app Scanlife on my cell phone.  

I plan to use QR voice with my students to create a voice message.  We might answer questions about our story we're reading or send a holiday message to our friends and family.  I can think of a lot of ways to incorporate this fun site!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Christmas Ecard Creation Sites


Today I will share with you some E-card Creation Sites from Sam's Cool Tools for the Classroom, a blog that I follow.  Click here to see the blog post or click here to view the links shared on this site with a Man I love sharing sites with!   

Take a look at some e-cards I created using a few of these sites:

I must really love sharing on this blog since I created a holiday sweater and included a photo of myself with this card.  You can thank me later!

Have fun sharing these sites with your students.

Bonus:  A collegue asked if I would share some sites other than just Christmas sites.  So here is one that came my way.

Monday, December 19, 2011

I am very excited about a site called!  Here is an explanation of what is: is a service that lets you “stich” almost anything together on the Internet. That means that you can quickly and seamlessly create a slideshow-like experience that can include Web pages, video, music, photos and more. All you need are links! will be a great way for me or my students to create a slideshow of webs pages.  We can use video, photos, or blogs.  Take a look at the slideshow I created for you.  Click here.  Just click on the next tab in the top left.  I decided to make it on some of my favorite Pinterest posts from last week. 

Click here to see the sites example.

I can't wait to use with my students.  It is so easy to use and there is a bookmarklet available as well.  There is no log in required.  What an incredible service provides!

Here is another example of using  I came across a blog of the 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen by You from Edudemic.  I highlighted a huge section of the page.  I then clicked on the bookmarklet and created a
Click here to check it out.  Pretty amazing!

Friday, December 16, 2011

TIES - What I Learned

This past week I attended the TIES technology conference in Minneapolis, MN.  Here are some highlights:

Social Networking -is finding it's way into classrooms.
  • Schoology is a combination of an LMS and a social network.  I really want to look into this!
  • Edmodo is safe for students. I've dabbled in this a bit.

    Social Bookmarking -is growing at a rapid pace.
    • is a visually appealing and easy way to bookmark and share.  I have been using for quite a while now and I love it!  Click here to see my for sharing technology.  Click here to see my for sharing Friday Fun.

       Online learning is really the wave of the future!
      • Moodle - I've used this and I love it!
      • Haiku - Google recently launched this LMS.  It looks promising and I would like to give this a try!

      SAMR is a model for technology integration.
      • I listened to a speaker named Jennifer MagieraShe is a teacher in the Chicago Public Schools with 1 to 1 iPads who uses the SMAR model.  

      • Important message- if you're not uncomfortable integrating technology, you're not doing your job!

      • My goal is to Redefine how technology is used by our students.  I have seen teachers simply hand an iPad to a student and let them just play on it.  That is just substitution with no functional use.  I have moved beyond this.

         And , last but not least, some Web 2.0 tools:

        • Zite - A personalized magazine that gets smarter as you use it.
        • Screen Chomp -Free App.  A simple doodling board.  Just - Record It. Sketch It. Share It. - to create a sharable, replay-able video that tells your story clearly.  We have this on our iPads and it works great!
        • Evernote - Capture everything and access it from anywhere.
        • Linoit  -lino is a free sticky & canvas service that requires nothing but a Web browser.
        • - just share the link and type!  No email, registration needed!  Type your name and choose your color to be recognized.
        • Class Dojo  - a classroom behavior management tool.  Improve student behavior and engagement by awarding and recording real-time feedback.  Really cute avatars and projects well onto the Smart board.
        • Time toast - Timetoast is a great way to share the past, or even the future... Creating a timeline takes minutes, it's as simple as can be.
        • Google Art Project -Explore museums from around the world, discover and view hundreds of artworks at incredible zoom levels, and even create and share your own collection of masterpieces.
        There were tons more web 2.0 tools mentioned in various presentations. I just picked a few that interested me.

        If you would like to view more of the resources shared at TIES, just click here for the TIES wiki!