Friday, 26 June 2015

Summer holidays with QR codes

For me it's time to begin another summer holidays. Last week my students asked me to prepare a lesson with smartphones. It wasn't easy, as the Internet connection in my classroom is very poor (Wi-Fi doesn't work). Yet we tried really hard to make this lesson happened. Some of my students were familiar with QR codes, but for most of them it was something new. 
I've prepared four QR codes and printed them in four different colours. The students scaned the codes and solve the puzzles linked with them. Then they had to put the words in the right order to make a holiday sentence.
Here are my QR codes (in a random order). Have fun!
My students at work:

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Creating comics

It has been a very busy month for me. And June is going to be busy too. Yet my 4th-graders and I keep being creative and in love with ICT. Today we worked in our computer lab using Pixton to make comics. My students had a lot of fun with this tool.
Here's a comic strip created by Gosia:

Monday, 4 May 2015

Secret Code

Coding and decoding can be a lot of fun. Especially, when it is in English. The weather is beautiful lately, so it is difficult to be productive in the classroom. I have to make my lessons more interesting than the spring weather. My idea is to use a secret alphabet code. You can easily find a lot of examples online and choose whichever you like. 
I like the pigpen cipher:

Yesterday I wrote 8 sentences (e.g. It's Saturday. We don't have to go to school.) and then I rendered them in ciphertext. I cut them into pieces (each sentence had its own colour). I scattered the pieces in the classroom, so the students could decipher them and put them in the right order to make sentences.

As you can see, my students were very focused (despite the weather). They even worked in pairs and groups willingly.
BTW, I've tried a new app: Pic Collage to create the photo collage above. It's my first attempt. I have an idea how I can use this app with my students.