It’s not Green Eggs and Ham that I have trouble with, nope. It’s QR codes. In kindergarten! Really? I didn’t want them here, or there. I did not want them anywhere. Or so I thought. Until I began wrestling with the question, “How can I enable my kindergarten students to do their own research?” Research is a pretty big idea when you are talking about 5 year olds.
Then I remembered hearing about a 1st grade teacher who used QR codes to enable her students to access online information that she had created. She called it research. She was using QR codes here, and there, and everywhere.
So I took a tiny step. I made one QR code so my students could access a video about penquins. The video I chose was about 3 minutes long. I added a bit of clipart, and a title beside the QR code so we would remember what we were researching. I laminated a few codes, and put them on the student tablesso they could use their own QR readers with their iPads.
It was magic. The room fell silent. The children watched and listened to the video, and laughed. And I changed my mind. I did like QR codes. I liked them here, and there. I think I like them everywhere!
My students needed to learn how to become researchers because we are implementing project based learning at my school. Recently, I asked my students, “What do kindergarten students need in order to become researchers?” I must tell you their answers made me glow! They said:
- we need to talk to experts
- we need to visit places
- we need to read books
- we need write about what we know
- we need to draw and label what we know
- we need to observe things
- we need to talk together
- we need our iPads so we can use QR codes
Our iPads have now become our window to the world. And we would use them in a box, and with a fox, and in a train, and in the rain….(you get the idea)
Thank you, Sam I Am.