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QR Voice – Lots of Promise But . . .

Mmm . . .

I found something today that seems like a great idea with a lot of possibilities. I’ll let you decide if it’s worth your time.

Called QR Voice, the site generates a simple QR code that converts written text into an audio clip. The process is pretty simple. You type or paste text into the text box, click the small QR code icon and out comes your QR code.

You also get a URL to a new page that provides a clean code for printing and for sharing with your students. Students can then use their smart phones to access your audio message.

I’m a big believer in QR codes. They provide one more option in your tool kit for communicating with students, parents and community members. And I really like the idea of a code that takes text and generates an audio file. The problem with QR Voice is that you’re limited to 100 characters. If you’re counting, that’s not much – less than 10 seconds of audio.

But it’s a great idea. And I’ve looked for similar tools that would create a larger file and, other than JC Penny’s Santa Tags idea (which doesn’t seem very teacher friendly), came up empty.

So. We’re stuck with this. What would you do with QR Voice?

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10 ways to use QR Codes in your history classroom

I’m sure you’ve seen them. They are showing up everywhere.

QR codes. Those little, square squiggly barcode looking things.

A QR code is a handy way to share all sorts of information quickly and easily – the QR part actually stands for Quick Response.  QR codes are designed to be de-coded by dedicated QR readers and smartphone apps. Codes consist of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background that is unique to specific information. This information might be text, a web site or all sorts of stuff.

And I know you’re asking yourself

So what? I teach history. I got better things to do with my time.

I know . . . cause early on, I was saying the same thing. Kinda cool technology but it doesn’t really help me do my job. But the more I play with them, I’ve become convinced that teachers can use these things to help kids learn.

Especially as more and more of our students are carrying around smartphones and other mobile devices like iPads and iPods, the use of QR codes can be incredibly powerful. Part of the beauty of a QR code is that you don’t need a computer lab or laptops or really anything other than an understanding administrator and a couple of kids with mobile devices in their back pockets.

Kids can learn when and where they want. You provide choices. Individualized instruction. Rapid dissemination of information. Fast feedback. Pretty much what most 21st century education pundits are pushing for.

So I started looking around for ways to integrate the use of QR codes into history instruction. And ran across a great post by Kerry Turner that gives some handy advice for history teachers titled, wait for it . . . 10 Ways to Use QR Codes in a History Classroom.

So with thanks to Kerry, here’s five of the ten.

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