Monday, July 1, 2013

Tune Into Technology Linky!

My dear friends over at Learning to the Core and I teach 1:1 are hosting a super fun "Tune into Technology" Linky every week this summer!  All 3 of these teachers have wonderful ideas to share with how they integrate technology into their classrooms! I always get so many great ideas from them each week!!  This week the focus is on integrating technology into reading. I just finished one of my newer reading technology products and wanted to share it with all of you!  Of course my technology integration involves QR Codes!  It's such a fun and simple way to integrate technology into the classroom.  
Some things I love about QR Codes and "I Spy Task Cards":
 1. Allows students to get up out of their seats and walk around the room
2. Students get to  pretend to be a detective
3. Students work on specific skills that have been taught-extra independent practice {without even knowing that they are working}
4.  Students can self-check their work using the QR code scanner! 

My 2nd grade team has been working diligently this summer to refine our units so that they are common core aligned.  I created a supplemental non-fiction text feature activity that targets several 
CC skills:
R.I 2.2 Identify the main topic of a multiparagraph text as well as the focus of specific paragraphs within the text.
R.I. 2.5: Know and use various text features (e.g., captions, bold print, subheadings, glossaries, indexes, electronic menus, icons) to locate key facts or information in a text efficiently.
R.I. 2.7: Explain how specific images (e.g., a diagram showing how a machine works) contribute to and clarify a text.

Students will get to "spy" around the room while looking at authentic pages taken from non-fiction books.  Students will practice learning the language of non-fiction text feature skills!  Students will experience various text features and basic to higher level questioning in understanding text features!

Click here to get a copy of this super fun activity!

Can't wait to see what kinds of ideas and activities you have to share!  Make sure to link up with Learning to the Core and iteach 1:1 for this fun linky! 



  1. Hi Caitlin,
    Your non fiction pack is so very fun and has to be so engaging! I love love love QR codes too! :)
    Thanks so much for linking up with us!
    Learning to the Core

  2. QR codes are a great way to integrate tech and get students excited about learning. I am obviously a huge fan of QR codes.;) Your new product looks great! Thanks for linking up with us!

    iTeach 1:1

  3. Visual Literacy....I love it. Great QR codes

    Digital: Divide & Conquer

  4. I love working with QR codes. Correction: My students and I all love working with QR codes. :)
    Creating Lifelong Learners