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QR Codes in Education
Posted by on 11 October 2013 11:34 AM

QR codes (Quick Response codes) are two-dimensional bar codes which when scanned with the camera of a mobile device such as tablet or smartphone, can take the user to a variety of digital content. This includes linking to a website, a PDF document, an e-mail address, a video file, or an audio file.

QR code

For schools that have invested in iPads or tablets as learning tools, QR codes can be a significant timesaver for sharing links and distributing information to a variety of people very quickly. Projecting large QR codes on a screen so they can be scanned from around the class makes it easy for students to access the same content on their own devices and interact with it individually instead of passively looking at the interactive whiteboard. Scanning also eliminates the possibility that a student may type in a URL incorrectly and spend time troubleshooting. A teacher can print multiple QR codes and place them around the classroom, or add them to a homework sheet, requiring students to complete engaging activities which meet a variety of student learning styles.

The following are examples of how to use QR codes in the classroom.

  1. Link an individual file or folder from Dropbox or Google Drive and share them using QR codes.
  2. Have students watch a video clip. Next, use a QR code to link a Google Form, which would compile all student answers in a spreadsheet.
  3. Create a QR code treasure hunt for use in or out of the classroom. The advantage of text QR codes is that you don’t need to be connected to the internet to scan them, which gives you more flexibility on where the activity can take place.
  4. Use a QR code for a group of students to watch video A, another QR code for different students to watch video B, and a third QR code for a final group of students to watch video C. After each group watches their respective videos, bring students together and have each summarize their video.

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Powerful Ways to Open and Close a Presentation
Posted by on 17 September 2013 03:48 PM

Opening a Presentation

Tell a Story


Here’s the amazing thing about stories: If your presentation is based solely on facts and stats then you

r audience is going to react in one of two ways: 1) agree or 2) disagree. However, if you tell a story, your audience will participate with you.

Point to the Future or Past

-Prospective (looking to the future): “30 Years from now, your job won’t exist.”

-Retrospective (looking to the past): “In 1970, Japan owned 9% of the market. Today, they own 37%.”

The reality is that looking into the future or past always sparks engagement since that’s where our hearts live.

Share Something Extraordinary

I don’t know about you, but I love Snapple. Even more so, I love their bottle caps since they always share fun facts or extraordinary insight into ordinary things. Is my life going to be improved because I know how many times a hummingbird’s wings flaps in a second? No. Is it crazy interesting? Yes.


Circle Back Around

One of the best ways to make sure your message gets across is to come full circle with your presentation and help tie things together.

Repeat the Important Stuff

Presentations are all about brevity, levity and repetition. If you are making a handful of significant points throughout your talk, use your ending to remind your audience of those items.

Call to Action or Inspire

Have you seen one too many presentations where the presenter never invites the audience to do something with the new information that was just presented? Audiences are always thinking – “What’s the next step?” Download a PDF? Buy a book? Contact someone? The audience has just invested 30, 60, or 90 minutes looking for a value-add, so make sure you provide purpose to your talk by creating a compelling call to action.

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