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I have a group of teens 1 at CTJ South Lake Branch with few students. For this very reason, I'm always looking for extra activities which can keep them motivated. I heard about QR codes last year. I was teaching at Maristao (a high school in Brasilia) with Dani Lyra, and she mentioned how she had used it in one of her classes and how engaged students were trying to find out what the codes were about. Since that time, I wanted to develop an activity in which students depended on the codes to solve a problem. That's how I came up with the idea of the treasure hunt.
LEVEL: Teens 1
When: After all unit 1
Objective: Ask personal questions (third person)
People involved: teacher, students and staff
- If you are going to use students´ device, one class before the activity, ask them to download a QR reader app (there are free QR readers available for iOS and Android).
- Think of the person you want to be your "secret" one. Look for information about this person. In our case, it was Romero Britto.
- I did the activity in the second part of my class, so in the first part, I had the the opportunity to revise all the questions they were supposed to ask. This was of undue importance because I asked all people involved not to answer students questions if they were incorrect.
- Create the codes which contain the instructions. I created mine on a site Carla Arena suggested - qrstuff.com. Give the Qr Codes to the other people involved with the questions students should ask and the answer they should give. In my case, I wanted students to practice the questions orally, so the codes just led them to where they should go.
- Students were to find out who the secret famous person was. So, they had to
go to the places I indicated in the secret messages (QR codes) and follow all
the instructions given. For example: The first code was in the classroom. They had to scan it, using their mobile devices, and it
said, "Go to 'Secretaria'. Look for Juliana. Ask her if it is a man or a
woman.After asking the question correctly, students would not only receive the answer
but also another code which guided them to the next person. For example, after
asking Juliana, they received the second code, that was:Go to the library. Look for Dalva. Ask her how old he is.The process was the same until the last code, which was in class again. In this code, I led them to a google page where they saw Romero Britto's paintings.
Follow-up: I asked them to create a page in Skitch (a mobile app), including Romero Britto's picture. They were supposed to make sentences with all the information collected.
Conclusion: I loved the result! Thinking of all the steps and procedures was hard, but my job during the activity was just monitoring them and check if they were speaking English all the time. I love when I can integrate other skills in my classes. It wasn't just another language practice activity. They had to download apps, learn how to use them, include photos and text... They were autonomous. I was there just to help. That's it! They were responsible for finding the clues, the answers, writing the text. They were responsible for their own learning process, and it was magic!
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Here´s a QR Code Treasure Hunt Generator you might want to try: http://www.classtools.net/QR/
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