Improve Writing with QR CODES

Do your students struggle with writing COMPLETE SENTENCES that make sense when read aloud?  How about using CAPITAL LETTERS to begin their sentences and PUNCTUATION MARKS to end their sentences?  Sometimes I feel like a broken record when it comes to these writing requirements in my classroom!

My second graders are required to write a biography as one of their writing projects during the year and I knew that I wanted something to motivate them to do these skills without being that broken record when they show me their work.  I think I found the PERFECT MOTIVATOR…QR CODES!  Now, before you stop reading this because you aren’t looking for a biography writing project idea, please understand that this can be applied to ALL WRITING PROJECTS.

My students started with a list of questions that they were given to ask a classmate that they were set up with to interview.  After recording the interview answers, my students then compiled the answers into a writing assignment.  This was done on the second day.  Prior to writing their biography sentences, my students were told that their sentences must be complete sentences that make sense when read aloud with capital letters and punctuation marks when necessary.  I also showed them my writing sample.  Then I showed them an example of a finished product, which you can listen to below.

https://d15mj6e6qmt1na.cloudfront.net/attachments/13315626/molly-lynn-olson.mp3?audio_clip_id=2952608&Expires=1431538651&Signature=nQ5ooGWjJ79SxlsOQWnHomUKCbPUlHXir5pZqTSBC7I-3kz1rwEY7RQmYxzFTYQedFI~4HIrpbidHhmBhKFw2fF75Zcd~2Ef6BwX2izjLyWLhVmF4WOYHXAZ32OlmlI96uY1f3fuLU6M9Q5UnYK~HNaIj1qqby1y7XnNnjkONneWlIHi-jR6Tq-1darDuZ9pXSGkeSfvbIS4~nUiF~87sXdXyRLsdoDWF0FqeS2lGW9B5IX~T6hQYKHBnhb0xjd9PgIlNBEX4BD43JeQ~xlLmAC-76Y8t7lktCsu84HElKFCM-wNUyWtYE4smQCVjOk53BTq6HTdgBf5sVKMJqRi1Q__&Key-Pair-Id=APKAJS5FX6XHKL62XLYQ

They were excited to write and get started which, of course, made my teacher heart happy!  They knew that they couldn’t turn in their work for me to read until the writing requirements were met.  Can we just stop and talk about how IMPRESSED I was when their writing started to come my way?  WOW!  They CAN do this!

Once their biographies were written, they took an iPad to record their voice reading their writing assignment.   We used the app Audioboom for this task but there are other apps that record audio and produce a QR code.  Here are a few that I have found.

I put together a video tutorial that explains exactly how we completed this project using the app Audio Boom.

Here you see that I chose to click on PRINT and then attached each QR Code to a piece of construction paper.

Next task, pair each QR code with the child’s picture.  I wanted to capture each child’s personality so I lined them up and told them to give me any facial expression that they wanted.  I took the photos on my phone and literally went right down the line.  It took about 2 minutes to capture everyone’s photos and I really like how they turned out!

We chose to have these hung on our lockers for other classes to scan and
listen.  We also have a copy of them in our classroom.  I made a quick
anchor chart of directions to hang next to these so other students knew
what they were and how to scan them.

I also hung a QR Code Information Sheet which you can get for FREE HERE.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B1Plz2IdzZYbVDlVVW1hZktJeUk/view?usp=sharing

I hope that you found this tutorial helpful.  If you use QR codes in your classroom and are looking for some task cards to go along with your math time, you can pick these up in my store.  Thanks for visiting!

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/2nd-Grade-Math-QR-Code-Task-Card-Bundle-2129248

29 Comments

  1. JB123

    THANK YOU!!! I had no idea how to do this as audio and I can't wait to play around with this!!! 🙂

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    • Angie Olson

      Great! I'm glad you found it helpful!

      Reply
  2. Christina Innis

    Oh my gosh! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this! I think we will be doing this with our persuasive writing! Thank you SO much for sharing.

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    • Angie Olson

      Great idea with the persuasive writing, Christina! The kids could work on their fluency/convincing voices for that project!

      Reply
  3. nikki21marie

    Do you have the interview questions in your tpt store? Was just thinking about doing biographies love the idea of them writing about each other. Such a culture builder!!!

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    • Angie Olson

      No, I don't have these questions in my TPT store but they were pretty simple things like, favorite color, siblings, where were they born, favorite hobbies, etc… Under each question I just left room for them to write their partner's responses. Hope that helps!

      Reply
  4. A New Box Of Crayons

    BRILLIANT!! I may be stealing this idea for our current writing projects…jazz it up a little!

    Reply
    • Angie Olson

      Awesome, Meg! I'd love to know how it goes!

      Reply
  5. Debbie K

    What a great extension idea for biographies! I'm so excited to try it! Thanks for all the info on recording
    Always Primary

    Reply
    • Angie Olson

      You're welcome! Glad you found it helpful!

      Reply
  6. JB123

    I just tried this, but some of mine have been in upload limbo for 2 days… Have you had this problem? We have 6 days left of school and I want to send these home!!!!!!

    Reply
    • Angie Olson

      I've never had that happen before…did you ever get this figured out?

      Reply
  7. Lauren

    Hi Angie,

    Love this idea! If you haven't used Vocaroo (http://vocaroo.com/), it's another really easy website that will make a QR code from a voice recording – no logins or passwords required.

    Thanks for another great idea!
    -Lauren

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    • Angie Olson

      Great suggestion Lauren! I will check into that, thank you!

      Reply
  8. Heidi S

    Hi Angie~ Love this post!! I shared it on my facebook page. You might also want to check out Vocaroo, it's free and creates an audio image and people don't have to download a separate app to listen to it. I just started using it and it seems to work really well.

    Heidi
    Secondgradealicious

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    • Angie Olson

      Thank you for the suggestion, Heidi. I keep hearing about Vocaroo lately…definitely will check it out!

      Reply
  9. Allen jeley

    Well post its give us good advice how to improve my writing on text book and how to practice in daily routine and how write words thanks for sharing online paraphrase .

    Reply
  10. Kari Lynne

    I LOVE this…Oh my this eliminates so many steps from the previous way I was doing it. I do have questions, though. My kids each have their own ipads. Do you create one Audioboom account and have them all log into there, or do they have their own separate accounts, and if so, how do they then send it to yours?

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  11. Marci

    I love this idea. Do you have any ideas for dealing with student confidentiality online?

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  12. Julie

    This is SO HELPFUL! Thank you so much for sharing! I’ve been wanting to do this for some time but was unsure how to go about it. Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

    Reply
  13. Melissa Gutierrez

    I’ve had Audioboom for awhile and just not known what to do with it!!! Thank you, this has inspired me to get playing and have something ready for conferences that are coming up 🙂
    One question, when I was practicing today and recorded my own voice it said Publish. I just want to make sure – this should only publish to our own Audioboom profile, correct? It’s not going to put my students’ (or my) voices out there for everyone to hear?

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  14. Annette

    How do you record them without background noise or any interference??

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    • Angie Olson

      Hi Annette. I would send the kids out to the hallway, computer lab, or library. They would go with a partner if they needed help. Hope that helps you!

      Reply
  15. Tracy

    Omg! I can’t wait to try this with my class. We are doing project based learning and they are researching various biomes. Thank you!

    Reply
  16. Lerato Shuping

    This is AMAZING!!! I have been trying to find a way to make listening QR codes for spelling, Audioboom is amazing, so easy! Actually you made it easier 🙂
    Thank you!

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  17. Tanya G. Marshall

    This is such an awesome idea! Having their faces printed with their QR Codes really motivates them to do their best.

    And how cool that your 2nd graders have their own lockers! Great post; I love it all. Thanks for sharing 🙂

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  18. Carolyn

    This is fantastic! What a wonderful project! This has given me a bunch of ideas already! This will definitely get the kids totally engaged!

    Thanks for sharing this!

    P.S. Could you post a copy of the questions you used for this project?

    Reply

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