QR codes, these small two-dimensional barcodes, are multiplying in our environment and are now entering the classroom. A French teacher from Cap-Jeunesse high school in Saint-Jérôme, Isabelle Goyette, used them to offer a fun activity to his students: a cultural rally!
His idea had been brewing for a long time. “Last year, I was thinking about setting up a more techno class. I spoke with René Bélanger, educational advisor in technologies, who had spoken to me in particular about QR codes. Since then, I have been looking for a way to use them, ”notes the teacher whose class is equipped with two computers, four mini laptops, two iPads and an interactive whiteboard.
Young people could already bring their iPhones to class to work. So it was enough to ask them to install a free application to read the codes! “About a third of my students have devices that can read QR codes, most of them iPods. It was therefore easy to form teams, ”says Ms. Goyette.
On a site collaborative writing, the young people of the two first year secondary classes composed questions on Quebec artists following their research on the Internet. Then, Ms. Goyette transformed all the questions into a QR code using a online code generator before cutting them and then gluing them on cardboard which she then laminated. A tedious task! “When you try something, you don't really know what to expect. Next time, I will ask the students to do it. It will prevent me from finding myself doing crafts on a Sunday evening, ”she notes.
All that remained was to disperse them around the school on the day of the rally. The teams had to find the codes, decipher them with their device and then answer the questions written by the other group on a sheet of paper. If they didn't know the answer, they could search the Internet. That said, no WiFi access is required to read QR codes.
It goes without saying that the young people had a great time, while discovering Quebec artists. “I had two classes: the first bringing together students with learning difficulties and the second for young people with enriched English. It also worked well with both groups, ”she says.
The experience also aroused the curiosity of several of his colleagues. “It is an activity that is easily exportable in other subjects or for other notions. For example, we could use it for the end-of-year grammar review, ”she says.
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