QR Code Tournament – It’s an EOC Race!

Yes, I know, many people think that QR codes are so old-school, outdated, early 21st Century – I get it… BUT I think they still have a place especially in education to help foster fun, mobility, and learning. Case in point.

We’re exactly one week away from D-day. No pun intended, but Tuesday, May 6, U.S. history students all across Texas will take their End of Course state assessment that’s required for graduation. Say whatever you want about testing; the truth remains with THIS test – students are still required to know a lot of “who,” “what,” “when,” and “where.”  It’s a FACTS test. The “why” and other analysis just happen to be constructed into the questions.

So with that in mind, my U.S. history teachers asked me to help them organize a scavenger hunt, tournament, “amazing race” of sorts as one last review before the test. And so I did.

They provided 35 questions/statements that were key expectations of what students should know for the exam. In addition to basic text questions, some were redesigned to include video clues from teachers:

QR Clue #4


Others included images or political cartoons:

QR Clue #5


Students were divided into teams, started at various stations – moving in sequential order, and worked together to race through the challenge. QR codes were peppered around campus including a few clues added to our digital media screens. Before leaving each station, groups submitted their answers via the Google Form below making it a cinch for Mr. Dixon and Mrs. Guy to check their progress.

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Mobile review = happy class!

Fab Resource: Newseum Digital Classroom

The Newseum, one of my favorite museums in the Washington, D.C. area has launched a second installment to its Digital Classroom collection: Making a Change. This free resource available to teachers and students (registration required) examines the role of the First Amendment in facilitating change in America.

Making a Change

Students can explore how those from all walks of life use their five freedoms: speech, press, religion, assembly, and petition to prevent or foster change during the Civil Rights Movements of the past or modern-day movements of the 21st Century.

This dynamic module is organized into four sections; here’s what you get. Historical Connections: a rich, detailed, interactive timeline of over 200 front-page headlines, videos, and images of legal, social, and economic issues; Media Literacy: a civil rights media map spotlighting news coverage during six prominent years; Civics and Citizenship: a digital exhibit hosted in a special GlogsterEDU portal detailing the struggles and challenges that individuals and communities around the globe face today; and Lesson Plans: a collection of ready-made lessons for using bits or all of the Making a Change module – designed for the late middle/early high school audience.

Scoop it!

Students can –

  • Navigate through this treasure trove of primary sources to gain background knowledge and/or a deeper understanding of key civil rights events. Some guided questions are included. The filters allow for more concise searching by issue, people, or states.
  • Use the media map to compare and evaluate bias and its influence in various regions of the country.
  • Design multimedia posters and flyers to analyze past civil rights events or promote current ones with the built-in GlosterEDU portal. A class code is provided for teachers for easy distribution to students.

Use it and let me know what you think!