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The boys and girls in Mrs. Rebecca Rice's first grade classroom at Evamere Elementary School are learning how to use QR (quick response) codes to create digital portfolios to share with their parents at conferences as well as to track their own progress in reading. In November, Rice had each student in her class select a "just right" book to practice reading fluently with expression. Having reread the books multiple times, the children recorded their reading of the books on a microphone which they then uploaded as an MP3 onto their website and eventually created QR codes.
At the November parent/teacher/children conferences, the parents were shown how to scan the codes using a free application on their phones or tablets so they could hear their child reading fluently with expression.
According to Rice, the children were extremely excited and motivated by this project. The digital portfolio which the children created with the QR codes can be used both now and later on in the year for the children to hear and evaluate their progress.
"QR codes are a very easy use of technology that is motivating to the students and a great way to celebrate growth," Rice said.