The idea of creating audio QR codes with my students has been on my mind for quite a while. When I started investigating how to go about it, the apps I found looked complicated and time-consuming. #whohastimeforthat
Then, I discovered how to create audio QR codes using Seesaw.
Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy. #teacherdream It is very, very simple. Watch the Seesaw YouTube video on how to create them here.
Seesaw Learning Journal has been a mainstay in our classroom for two years now. The app is free and creates digital portfolios for your students and so much more, check it out here. The majority of our activity has been in posting photos from our daily second-grade adventures and successes and then I found their YouTube video. QR codes are the main method of accessing the program but I never realized that I could create one from student work that we had posted.
Each December we create these elves and this year I wanted to create an interactive hallway display using them. The plan was for my students to write about their elves, introduce them, their names, where they lived, what their jobs were in the North Pole, etc.
I then wanted to create an Interactive Hallway Display so that the QR codes would hang under the elves which would link to an audio recording of my students reading their paragraphs.
Here are the steps –
First, students wrote a paragraph about their elf.
Then, students would log into Seesaw and create a “note’, typing in “My Elf Story”, and their initials, and save it. The note prints out in the center of the QR code and the initials helped me to identify which QR Code went with which student.
Next, the record option would appear, and students would record themselves reading their paragraphs. (We use two privacy folders to create a make-shift recording studio to block out ambient noise.)
As a teacher, you log into your class, click on the journal entry and then click on the three buttons on the bottom right of the post.
This message will appear ↓
Click on “Get Item QR Code” and it will pop up on the screen. I then cut and pasted it into a PowerPoint template which you can grab for free on my FREEBIES page (you do need to sign up to get the password) and printed them out onto cardstock and hung them under each elf. I hope this makes sense, please contact me if I can clarify the steps. If you are new to Seesaw, I wrote more about the app here in this post.