instructional devices. The most wonderful part of using iPods to teach is that
you only have to teach content--not how to use the device as most kids have
played with an IPod before or know a parent, etc that has an iPhone. My
favorite apps on the IPods are facejack and the QR code reader.
Facejack is a fun app that closely resembles the Blabberize website. A
picture is uploaded into the app, the mouth of the picture defined and then the
students record something into the app that they want the picture to say. When
done, the mouth moves and the students can hear the picture speak in their
voice! Great for fluency and biographies!!
The QR code reader app does just that, reads QR codes. In the picture to the right you can see a great way one third grade class used the app. An SOL related question was typed onto a power point slide and a QR code was inserted with the answer coded. The students answered the question and then checked themselves using the code. Instant engagement for a task that is often drudge work. One of the simplest sites to use to make a QR code is http://createqrcode.appspot.com/. There are other sites that can be used but this one is so safe that you can even give it to students.