Monday, 28 April 2014

Tech Talk Thursday (on a Monday) Voice QR Codes

I missed sharing a Tech Talk last Thursday as we had Tri-Conferences going on!
So I am sharing it today! I have shared before about making QR codes with voice.

Here is a previous post you can check out:

QR Codes with a Twist

I would like to elaborate on an App I had mentioned back in that post called Chirbit.
It is fantastic. It does cost money, (99 cents I believe) and is totally worth it. We used it to record our voices sharing about our favourite stories. We then shared those QR codes at conferences.

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One thing I love, is that it is an App and also a web application. So I can record the kids voices with the ipad, and then upload them to Chirbit. I can then instantly go on my computer right after and they are sitting right there in my account!

The other amazing thing, is that when you post to Chirbit and go on the web version, it has ALREADY created a QR Code for you for the voice!!! No need to take the link and pop it in a QR code generator. It already does the work for you!!!

Best part.

Here is what it looks like when on the App:

Chirbit Icon on the bottom with the microphone

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There are many options when in the App. You can look at your files you have previously recorded, record a new one, etc.

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When I click on record, this is what you see.

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You can start a new recording by clicking the green plus sign. When you are ready to record, click record. Easy Peasy. It turns into a stop button when you start recording. When you are finished, hit the blue arrow to upload your recording to Chirbit.

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Name it something you can find. and click Post to Chirbit!

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Literally seconds after you see Upload Complete, you can go on the website and find your recording!

Here is what it looks like on the site:


Here is the most amazing part…..I can click on the black and white square underneath it and up pops the QR code for that recording!

Ta-Da! Easy Peasy.

Another awesome thing is the creators of this App offer amazing support!

While I was recording my kids voices, an update came through for the App. I updated it and the next day went to finish my kids recordings. But the App wasn’t working properly. It would tell me it uploaded successfully to Chirbit, but then I would go on the website and not see the recording!!! GRRR

I clicked on the feedback link in the App and emailed the App support people with my problem. I received an email back in LITERALLY 2 minutes, (I kid you not) telling me they were going to look into this problem and get back to me. I had emailed them at 12:30 and by 5:00 I had received another email saying the problem was fixed! Holy Moly! I went online and indeed everything was good to go! Talk about customer support! I was so surprised to see that my feedback was read and fixed within the same day!

Seriously….go download it and try it out yourself!

Let me know if you have used this app before with your kids or have done voice recordings with QR codes another way! I am always looking for new ideas!

Thursday, 10 April 2014

Tech Talk Thursday: Mixing Art and Technology

Yesterday I had the chance to attend a full day PD put on by the Technology and Art Consultants in our division.

It was awesome to get a chance to see new ways to incorporate art into my classroom while using technology.

We first looked at the SAMR model. This model was developed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura and describes technology integration through four different levels.


Substitution: Technology is used as a direct substitute for what you might do already, with no functional change.
Augmentation: Technology is a direct substitute, but there is functional improvement over what you did without the technology.
Modification: Technology allows you to significantly redesign the task.
Redefinition: Technology allows you to do what was previously not possible

(  Our job was to look at the Redefinition level and look at creating new tasks for our students that might not be possible without technology.  We were introduced to apps that moved away from content and focused on student creation.  There were many student creation apps talked about but we mainly looked at :  Adobe Ideas Explain Everything Comic Life Eraser Pro Superimpose Animoto Time Lapse Camera HD  Some of these are free and some are not.  Our morning work consisted of the art side. We were tasked with making a mask.
We needed to come up with an idea for our mask and document the whole process.

Here are some photos from my mask making project.

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The last photos include some other masks from my awesome colleagues!

I was going for an objects and materials mask as we are learning about that right now in science.

The afternoon focused on incorporating technology into our project.

Using the photos we had taken, we were introduced to some apps that could help students further their learning by moving to the next step with their creation.

Here are some of the idea we discussed:

1. Having students take the photos and document the art process. (Explain Everything, Educreations, Animoto Comic Life)
Students would create videos or how to lessons of how they created their piece. These could be used to teach other students in the class, explain knowledge and mastery or to be used next year for new students.
2. Using the photos and creating a Time Lapse Project. Speeding it up or slowing it down to show the whole process from start to finish. (Time Lapse Camera HD)
3. For the younger ones, I might have my kids use Educreations to create a re-tell of the steps of the project. They can put the photos in order and then record their voice going through step by step and giving a how to.
4. Using a photo/drawing/creating app to re-create the art piece in a different way. (Adobe Ideas)

Here is my mask after I uploaded it into Adobe Ideas and recreated it with different colours and textures.

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A lot of neat ideas I can’t wait to take back and use. I am going to go back to my room and try to make sure I am incorporating technology activities that are moving away from Substitution and towards Redefinition.

I know I am guilty sometimes of using technology as a direct substitute for something I was previously doing without enhancing the learning. Less game-content apps and more student creation and critical thinking apps! Not using the ipad as a worksheet!

Hope this gets you started thinking on how you are using technology in your classroom and how you can begin mixing in other content areas!

Saturday, 5 April 2014

Balancing Equations FREE Assessment

Spring Break is coming to an end :(

I have been sick most of it with a Sinus Cold and BF was gone all Spring Break so I’ve had lots of time to tinker around and get things ready for our Tri Conferences which are coming up at the end of April.

We need to get our Data Folders up to date this coming week and I am going to be assessing them on balancing equations. I created this quick assessment for them to fill out and add to our data folders.

You can use it as a worksheet or an assessment.

Fonts and Graphics: The Reading Corner, Teacher Laura and GingerSnaps

Please email me for your free copy. Sorry Folks, I am on Maternity Leave right now and will not be sending any free items at this time. Thanks for understanding!


The snow is finally melting here! Happy Weekend!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Tuesday Art Linky: Plasticine Portraits

I am on Spring Break!!!

I am linking up with Mel over at Frog Spot for her Tuesday Art Linky.

Last week we worked on our Plasticine Portraits in Art. This took us a few hours each day as we worked on them step by step.

Here is a pic of the finished product:


Click {HERE} to link back to my original post on how to make them!
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