I’ve heard of QR codes and have seen them used in mobile advertising. I’ve even heard of some really good ideas on how to use them in class including a QR code scavenger hunt. Our school is 1:1 with iPads in grade 9-12, and I’ve been pondering for a while on how I could use QR codes in my own classroom. Then, an idea struck me as we approach Ch. 6 & 7 of Huck Finn. In those chapters, Huck stages a crime scene to make it look like how he was murdered. Brilliant, I know. But most students don’t see his genius behind this. So I decided to do a QR Code Crime Scene prior to reading these two chapters.
- I use www.qrstuff.com to generate the codes necessary. I have each code embedded with text. So when the code is scanned, a block of text (based from the book) pops up.
- Print codes and place in my classroom approximately where Huck left the evidence.
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all of the QR codes and Intro Video
used for this activity.
- Students watch the CSI St. Petersburg video that I created (see below in video).
- Students put on latex gloves, because this is a crime scene after all.
- Students use QR Scanner to scan the code.
- Students copy text and paste it into Notability, thus collecting the evidence.
- Students read each clue to draw out the crime scene…still in Notability.
- Students then formulate a theory based on the evidence. Yep…in Notability.
- Students then email me everything as one PDF document.
P.S.S. Kathleen Ralf in Stuttgard, Germany came up with her very own creative way to use QR codes to practice skimming skills and review content. Check out her blog EduClick.