QR Codes + Math = Magical Multiplication

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Mrs. Reese’s 4th Grade Math 

Are you new to technology and wondering where to start?  QR codes can be used in any grade level and with any subject matter.  QR codes are easy to design and even easier to scan.  So, what is a QR code?  QR stands for Quick Response.  They are basically like a bar code.  You can scan them, and in return they give you information.  www.QRstuff.com is my favorite website to build my codes.  It takes you through making a QR code step-by-step.  My favorite scanner is i-nigma.  On this particular day we were using QR codes for a multiplication review.  Mrs. Reese is new to tech, but she is not scared to try!  We decided that simple QR codes would be a great lesson for her and the students to start off with in math.  We simply made 12 different QR codes.  Each QR code was a double digit multiplication problem.  The students scanned the codes, and then they worked the problems out on paper.  Yes, I know, what’s the big deal?  It is the same as a multiplication worksheet, right?  The big deal is that students have a device in their hands, and the device makes them feel like they are in control.  The device is fun.  The kids are digital natives, and they can relate to these devices.  They have been raised using these devices.  They can use these devices better than most adults.  Mrs. Reese who has been a teacher for 37 years watched her students diligently work their multiplication problems out and then beg for more problems.  She said, and I quote, “I’m sold on these iPads.  If they can make kids that excited about working multiplication problems, then I am sold.”  Teachers are afraid of technology, but not if they have guidance.  Some teachers (like myself) need step-by-step instructions and some can pick up things quicker.  Either way, we need to provide each other with support and tips to help each other effectively implement technology into our 21st century classrooms.  These students thrive on it.  They love it.  Technology is key in promoting a love of learning that will last a lifetime.

 

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