Showcase Every Single Student’s Work!

Admittedly I used to think this was Impossible! I have over 180  students and did not think I had the wall space. But 12 hours ago for Open House, I displayed every single student’s work and I had wall space to spare in my classroom which is  35′ x 32′. How? Digitally with QR codes (of course). Those handy codes that are on the back of cereal boxes are perfect to use in the classroom and can be easily made. Even if you have never used them, and let alone created them before, having every single student’s work displayed is a fairly easy endeavor. As most parents have smart phone technology now, it’s time to make use of the technology within their reach! Steps:

  1. Choose work that lends itself to a web-activity. If you have student web-based portfolio, this is a one stop shop. But if not, choose an assignment that is web-based. It needs to be an assignment that links easily to an individual URL. This could be a Canva poster or video Game created in Game Star Mechanic. It could be a web based timeline or Google Doc/slides/spreadsheet. The purpose is it’s an assignment that has a url code that can be shared. Here is a list of what I chose to showcase for my various classes:
    1. 8th Grade Web design: Web Pages in html/css, which were hosted on our school website
    2. 7th Grade Computer Aided Drafting: Thinglinks to House projects
    3. 7th Grade Intermediate: Links to coding creations hosted in Khan Academy
    4. 6th Grade Advanced: Badgelist open badges awarded to students for mastery of various skills learned in class and completed outside of normal assignmentsIMG_6297
  2. Create normal bulletin boards for each sample of work you display. Include printed work samples of student work on the display. I had about 8-10 pieces of actual work to display per bulletin board. This wil vary depending on how many unique projects you have to display.
  3. At each bulletin board, have a display post, with a QR code linking to information about the assignment. This could be done in a wiki, a website, a blog, google pages, google docs, or any other hosted site on the internet. Since my district uses schoolloop I created a page that the code linked to. Keep the information light. The key is for parents to get a quick overview, people do not want to read text heavy information about the assignment, so keep it very short, with a brief intro.Screen shot 2015-05-26 at 10.56.14 PM
  4. This information is only visible by QR Code. In my classroom this is what was displayed instead (the number 2 represented the station, I had 7 stations of A QR code in my classroom.IMG_6300_2
  5. Here are the steps to creating a QR code.
    1. Go to the page you are interested in making a QR code for
    2. Copy/paste the URL to your computer’s memory
    3. Go to a QR maker website: I use QR Stuff
    4. Follow the directions by pasting your URL in, choose a dark color (light colors do not always work), then either download the QR code or email it to yourself.,
    5. Paste the URL code on your display paper, and voila you have a paper with a URL code linking to more information about the topic.
  6. Now that your display shows information about the assignments on the board, add class QR codes in whatever visually appealing manner that you know of. You do not have to create the QR codes for your students, have students make them!
  7. Each student makes their own QR code in the same manner of step 4 above. Then they submit it to you by email, google docs, online program.  I had students turn them into their group leader and the leader gave me their qr codes in a chart. I declared a group organizer for each group of 4-6 students. All students in the group sent their QR code to their organizer. The organizer made a chart and pasted their groups QR codes to it. The organizer had warmup time for a week to get this task complete. Then each organizer emailed me the file. It worked great. The benefit of this was that the leader reminded students to get it to them and helped them out as well.
  8. Back the QR codes with construction paper, so the bulletin board looks nice. Make sure the QR code has the students name with it as well.QR codes
  9. Test run the codes before Open House. I allowed students to use their QR scanners to scan their codes to check if they worked. Students with phones shared with students who didn’t have them. Nearly all students had a working qr code initially. A few had the link incorrect in which case, students quickly made a new code, printed it out, cut it and pasted the new code on top of the old one.
  10. Students were encourage for a week to make sure their parent had a QR scanner in their phone and to help their parent use it. I also sent out an email with information of what to bring to Open Housel

Was it a hit? Absolutely, and I will be streamlining this for future years to come! How do I know it was a hit? Parents were asked to reflect on QR codes and I got the following responses: Positive Thoughts on QR Codes



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