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09 Jul 2012
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QR Footprints in Time

As most of you may know, my hometown is New Braunfels and it is one of the BEST places to live! In addition to claiming to have the world’s largest water park and Buc-ee’s, we also are home to the oldest bakery in Texas and one of the most haunted hotels in Texas (see video below).
 

New Braunfels Historic Tour – 45 – Faust Hotel from iniosante on VimeoProduced for the New Braunfels Convention and Visitor’s Bureau by Iniosante llc. Copyright 2011, all rights reserved.

Historic Faust Hotel: Stop 45 on the NB Footprints in Time tour

No, I have not been hired by the local Chamber of Commerce or Visitor’s Bureau to beef up NB tourism in the wake of “Can the Ban”… I am simply truly excited and inspired by New Braunfel’s efforts to share their cultural heritage and history in a new and engaging way!

New Braunfels Footprints in Time is a Historic Driving and Walking tour that can be accessed from the website (on a desktop or mobile device). The tour showcases 67 different locations including homes, businesses, murals, and shops and shares and provides beautifully crafted and engaging videos for each!

Each location on the tour also corresponds with a GPS location and a QR code to access the video when you have located your destination.

The Faust video is probably one of my favorites but truly all of them are so well done and weave a wonderfully engaging tale of history and culture. Whether you intend on visiting our little German town virtually or in person, this tour is a must for any family or classroom.

 

Further Thoughts: Consider using these videos and historical tour as a springboard for future classroom projects. Students could use them as a virtual tour and create their own travel brochures or postcards based on the info provided. Students could even create their own QR code historical tour of locations in their school, district, or city using video and podcasts. Finally, students could share these resources with another classroom or community abroad and compare and contrast their history to that of a classroom in Europe or South America.

 

New Braunfels Footprints in Time

 

Know another city that has a QR code tour? Share links in the comment section.

 


18 Nov 2011
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iPodsibilities 4 Preschool Primary: Episode 11

This is a supplement to “Appy Hours 4 You” Blog Talk Radio Show: Episode 11 – “iPodsibilities 4 Preschool Primary“. In this episode we were joined by Two Tech Chicks (Apple Distinguished Educators, Killeen ISD educators, and hosts of their own Tech Chick Tips show in iTunes). They highlighted multiple apps that support literacy in the preschool/primary setting as well as useful tips for how to use QR codes and iBooks with young students. They were also kind enough to share their recommended list of free apps and podcasts (freeiPodTouchResourcesElem) for elementary with the techchef4u patrons.

Visit their blog, wikispace, Facebook page, and Tech Chick Tips podcast series for more “tips and tricks for gadgets and software for your digital life”

Stream this week’s episode or download it in iTunes directly. 

Listen to internet radio with Techchef4u on Blog Talk Radio

 

Yes, we are now available in iTunes (search for “appy hours 4 u” or “techchef4u”)

Check out “HOT Apps 4 Literacy” for more free ELAR apps and iLesson resources.


13 Oct 2011
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A Day in the Life of Elementary Flat Stanley

I have always loved Flat Stanley to promote literacy, story-telling, geography, and global awareness. I decided to use him to promote literacy and local tourism for a monthly mommy blog that I am a guest blogger for. The original idea was to give the gift of learning and technology integration to local moms and highlight local events and places around town…

Flat Stanley New Braunfels

 

…then I discovered that the Flat Stanley app was free and decided to work it into an iDevice and Web 2.0 lesson. Here are three ways to utilize Flat Stanley in your classroom:

  1. QR Codes for Education

    Flat Stanley on an iDevice: Take pictures around the campus and incorporate them into StoryRobe to create a video. The Flat Stanley app will allow students to take pictures in the app but will not save the pictures to the PhotoRoll. The best way I found to get the photos into the PhotoRoll is to email each photo to myself, open the emails on the device, and tap and hold the image to save to the device. Another option would be to email them to the teacher and have the teacher load them into iTunes and sync them manually. From there I imported the photos into StoryRobe (I found storyboarding the order of the images and the narration prior to recording was very useful) and record narration for each photo to compile a complete video.

  2. Flat Stanley & Web 2.0: If teachers do not have an iPod or iPad, they could have students create their own Flat Stanleys (see these printable templates: Flat Stanley Project & Flat Stanley Book Template), take pics of each around campus or in the classroom, and use Little Bird Tales to achieve a similar student product. (See Signs of Math example)
  3. Flat Stanley & QR Codes: Have students create their own Flat Stanleys and research a location for them to have adventures (research could be done on the computer through virtual trips or on the iPad using apps like ArounderTouch, Fotopedia Heritage, or Google Earth). From there, students can write a story, a letter, or a journal of Flat Stanley’s adventure and even create a podcast. Share your adventures with others by creating QR codes to information, videos, photos, or Google Maps locations from the places they visit. Print these out and place them next to student’s Flat Stanleys and set up a Flat Stanley Scavenger Hunt.

 


04 Oct 2011
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PROMOting QR Codes: Many Thanks

Many thanks to Explain Everything, Middle School Math, Splashtop Whiteboard, and Puppet Pals Director’s Pass for donating promo codes for a recent iPad Camp. Instead of Dollar Store trinkets, I passed out these app promo code cards as incentives for teachers who shared their insight or a sample project during the workshop. Each app was given a unique QR code that led to an example project and/or review of the app on my blog.  All QR codes were created with Kaywa.

PROMOting QR Codes: Collage Created with Beeclip Beta

 

The Appy Promos:

  1. Explain Everything: Check out our Appy Hour Show devoted to Screen-casting Apps as well as my thorough review of Explain Everything … “the best screen-casting app ever”… in my opinion.
  2. Middle School Math: Check out the review of this app. 7 Modules & Growing!
  3. Splashtop Whiteboard: Remote desktop and slate all in one!
  4. Puppet Pals Director’s Pass: One of the few apps I have seen that created a parallel version to comply with Apple’s VPP (as the in-app purchase for the Director’s Pass bundle in the original free version of Puppet Pals HD version doesn’t.)

 
Interested in other ways to integrate QR codes into education, check out the Scoop.it Pages:

  1. The Best of QRCodes
  2. QR Codes in Libraries
  3. QR Codes for Learning
  4. QR Codes in K-12 Education